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GED, n. Also †gedd, †gidd, †gade.

1. The pike, Esox lucius (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 220; Inv.1 1900; Rxb. 1915 G. Watson Nat Hist. Lists iv.; Ayr. 1923 Wilson Dial. Burns 165; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 244; Mry.1, Bnff.4 1935; Abd., Peb., Kcb., Dmf. 1954). Also gedge (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. (see Intro. § 23 (A)). Dim. geddie. Comb. ged-heuk, a hook for catching pike (Dmf. 1836 A. Cunningham Lord Roldan III. x.). Also in n.Eng. dial. Slk. 1722  W. McFarlane Geog. Coll. (S.H.S.) I. 355:
The fishes in it [Selkirk loch] is pycks, pairches and geds.
Mry. 1775  L. Shaw Hist. Moray 78:
It [Loch Spynie] abounds with Pykes or Gidds.
Ayr. 1787  Burns Tam Samson's Elegy vi.:
And eels, well-kend for souple tail, And geds for greed.
m.Lth. 1811  Wernerian Soc. Mem. I. 541:
Lucius, Common Pike; Ged. This inhabits Duddingstone Lake; but is not often seen.
Sc. 1818  Scott Rob Roy xxxvi.:
He undertook to prove the possibility of draining the lake . . . “from whilk no man could get earthly gude e'enow, unless it were a gedd or a dish of perch now and then.”
Slk. 1818  Hogg B. of Bodsbeck viii.:
He suppit twa bickerfu's o' paritch an cleekit out [of the loch] a hantle o' geds and perches wi' his toum.
Kcb. 1896  Crockett Grey Man xxxv.:
I should spit you through, like a paddock to bait a line for geds.

2. Fig. A greedy person, a glutton. For comb. Johnny Ged's Hole, see John, n., 2. Cld. 1825  Jam.:
He's a perfect ged for siller.
Kcb. 1911  G. M. Gordon Clay Biggin' 26:
She . . . said lauchingly til him: “Ye greedy ged, ye hae taen the vera breeth oot o' me.”

3 “Any thing under water which fastens a hook so as the line cannot pull it out” (Sc. 1818 Sawers). Sc. 1827  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 306:
The tae end o' the line is fastened, lik a hard gedd . . . in the ashet — and the ither end's in my stammach . . . sae that I canna chow't through and through.

[O.Sc. has ged(d), a pike, from 1375; O.N. gedd, id., from O.N. gaddr, goad, spike, with reference to the pointed head of the fish.]

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