Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GANGYLS, Also gyangals. Legs, in phr. a' gut(t)s an' gangyls, “fit for nothing but eating and walking” (E.D.D.; Bnff. 12 1930, gyangals). [′g(j)ɑŋəlz] Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 59:
Gangyls. I never heard this word but once, and from a cadger's wife when scolding a man who had incurred her displeasure. Among other compliments, she paid him the following: “Ye're like the pyot; ye're a' gutts an' gangyls.”
Sc. 1900  E.D.D.:
Ye're like the cragget heron, a' guts an' gangyls.

[From Gang, + -el, instrumental suffix.]

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