Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FOGGIE, adj., n.1 Also foggy, fogie, fuggie; fowgie (Cai.). [Sc. ′fɔgi, m.Sc. ′fʌgɪ, Cai. ′fʌugi]
I. adj. Mossy, covered with moss or lichen. Gen.Sc. Hence of a turnip, soft and spongy (ne.Sc. 1952).
Sc. 1725 Ramsay Gentle Shep. iv. ii.:
Nae mair around the Foggy-know I'll creep. Sc. 1743 R. Maxwell Select Trans. 18:
It may be laid down with Grass-seeds; so to ly, unless it turn sour or foggy. Fif. 1806 A. Douglas Poems 87:
Now I'll awa, an careless rove Owre yonder foggy mountain. Rnf. 1806 R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 179:
In wilyart glens he lik'd tae stray, By fuggie rocks, or castle gray. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. Introd. ix.:
A “rouch curr tyke,” seated in a comfortable manner on some foggy tomack. Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 261:
We've speel'd upon its foggie stem, an' dern'd amang its green. Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 231:
It's soor land and gey foggy, some bits o't, but no' that bad for grazin, either. Ayr. 1913 J. Service Memorables 17:
The murmur of the Lugton owre the fuggy stanes. Bnff. 1918 J. Mitchell Bydand 21:
Like a foggy neep My dorty tongue lay douf an' dum'.
Hence in combs.: 1. foggie-bee, the wild or carder bee, Bombus muscorum (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Mry., Abd., Ags., Per., Peb., wm. and s.Sc. 1952); 2. foggie bread, thick, soft, crumbly oatcakes (Abd.15 1952); 3. foggie-bummer, = 1. (Bnff.16, Abd.15 1952). Also foggie-bummie (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); 4. foggie diddler, a carpet slipper (Abd.27 1952), from its soft, fluffy appearance; 5. foggy peat, a rough, soft, spongy peat (Cai., ne.Sc., Uls. 1952); 6. foggie-toddler, = 1. (Ags. 1892 Brechin Advertiser (13 Sept.); ne.Sc., Ags., Fif. 1952); †7. foggy-wamed, fat-bellied, corpulent. Cf. Eng. dial. foggy, fat, and etym. note to Fog.
1. Sc. 1853 N. & Q. (1st Ser.) VIII. 64:
A well known species of the humble bee which has its nest in a mossy bank and is itself clothed with a moss-like covering: its name among the Scotch peasantry is the fogie-bee. Rxb. 1870 J. Thomson Doric Lays 84:
We harried the byke o' the wild foggy bee. Fif. 1882 J. Simson Inverkeithing 34:
I had noticed a foggie-bee about to alight. Abd. 1920 C. Murray Country Places 3:
He hovered to herrie a foggie bees' byke. 2. Bch. 1929 W. Littlejohn Cottar Stories 4:
Annie had invited a few of her elder scholars on a Hallowe'en, and they were busy baking girdle bannocks, foggie bread and such like dainties. 3. Dmb. 1846 W. Cross Disruption xl.:
We're nane o' your moorland foggy bummers wi' ither bykes in the grund. 5. Ork. 1907 Old-Lore Misc. I. iv. 133:
They burned rough kinds known by various names such as, . . . spade or foggy peats. 6. Ags. 1898 A. H. Rea Divot Dyke 113:
Like foggie-toddlers frae their byke Each drucken, tousey, lumper tyke At sharp eleven stoitered forth. Fif. 1909 J. Colville Lowland Sc. 149:
The foggie, also known as the foggie-toddler, is the small yellow bee that seems to crawl, baby fashion, over the soft, yellow fog or moss. Abd. 1952 L. Starr To Please myself Again 81:
Those chestnut-and-amber bees, furry and fat, we children on Deeside used to call “foggy toddlers.” They had their nests deep in the river banks, entered by a tiny tunnel smaller than a mousehole. 7. Abd. 1817 Garland of Bonaccord (1886) 8:
Fan G — 'n's wife grew foggy-wamed Fan she lay in, an' a' that.
II. n. 1. The wild or moss bee (Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Lnk.13 1927; Rs., ne.Sc., Fif. 1952). See combs. above.
Sc. 1819 Blackwood's Mag. (Sept.) 677:
There was in the tent a nest of humble bees of that brown, irritable sort called “foggies.” Lnk. a.1854 W. Watson Poems (1877) 194:
The broomy knowe an' auld fauld dyke, . . . Whar he fand out the foggie's byke. Bwk. 1870 Hist. Bwk. Nat. Club VI. 128:
There still remain a very few of a brown bee (the foggy) which makes its nest on the surface somewhat like the nest of a mouse. Fif. 1946 J. C. Forgan Maistly 'Muchty 10:
I'd smeek foggies' bikes in the holes o' the dykes, Gin I were a laddie again.
2. A greyish, soft, floury bun, a kind of morning roll (Ags. 1952), so called from the resemblance of its colour and texture to a piece of fog. Often used as a hairst-piece (Ags.17 1952).[From Fog.]
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