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FEGS, n., int. Also faigs; faiks, faix, fakes (mostly s.Sc. and Uls.); faags (Ags. 1889 Barrie W. in Thrums vii.), faggs; †faik, †fecks, †feggs, †figs, †feg, and full forms †faikins (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.), †feggins (n.Sc. Ib.). [fɛgz; fe:gz; fe:ks]

I. n. A shortened form of faikins (Eng. fay, faith + kins) obs. or dial. in Eng., only used in exclamations with by; my (Gen.Sc.), guid (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.; Abd.27 1951), i(n) (Dmf. 1825 Jam., in faik), o'; upon my (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 202) to express emphatic assertion or surprise. Abd. c.1750  R. Forbes Jnl. from London (1755) 15:
Guid feggs I wis fley'd that she had taen the wytenon-fa.
Abd. 1813  W. Beattie Parings 9:
An' aunty's whisky, by my fakes, Is nae a sham.
Dmf. 1822  A. Cunningham Trad. Tales II. 43:
A gallant young lad, quo' I, by my feg, He's welcome here to wooe.
Rxb. 1825  Jam.:
My faiks. A minced oath, signifying by my faith.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 117:
He raise on feet an hans — gid fegs — Maist like a baest on fower legs.
Ags. 1898  A. H. Rae Divot Dyke 74:
By fegs, I'll hae that troot.
Lnk. 1928  W. C. Fraser Yelpin' Stane 38:
My faigs! they'll set off the kitchen dresser; that will they.

II. int. Used absol. with the same force as I. = indeed, truly, faith! Gen.Sc. Sc. 1752  Scotland's Glory 65:
And fegs and 'aith is nought but faith.
Ayr. 1786  Burns What ails ye now v.:
But, fegs! the Session says I maun Gae fa' upon' anither plan.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 166:
For faix! should e'er a faeman daur To drive a nail into her timmer.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 100:
Faigs thu gae me sic a f'are.
Ags. 1891  Barrie Little Minister viii.:
“Tell me where you got the cloak.” “Na, faggs,” replied the gypsy.
Sc. 1925  “H. M'Diarmid” Sangschaw 22:
Fegs, God's no blate gin he stirs up The men o' Crowdieknowe!

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"Fegs n., interj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Mar 2018 <>



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