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GEGGIE, n. Also gegie, gaggie. A travelling theatrical show of a rather crude type, generally held in a tent; “any portable theatre thrown up on a waste piece of ground” (Lnk. 1928 H. Lauder Roamin' in the Gloamin' 56); often, from the admission price, penny geggie (Per. c.1880, Ags., Lnk.11, Ayr.8, Kcb.10 c.1910). Also attrib. [′gɛgi] Gsw. c.1835  R. Lawson Scots Stage (1917) 235:
That historical institution, beloved of our grandsires, Mumford's Geggie.
Gsw. 1898  D. Willox Poems & Sk. 16:
Glasgow Fair was then in all its glory, being held annually on Glasgow Green; and it almost goes without saying that young Willox sometimes neglected his duties to witness the glories of the “geggie”.
Dmb. 1931  A. J. Cronin Hatter's Castle i. i.:
This is the first night of Levenford Fair. I saw the start o' the stinking geggies on my way home.
Ags. 1944  Scots Mag. (April) 9:
He arranged a programme: of discussions, music and ploys of his own peculiar kind, dramas to be acted in the style of the penny geggie in Lindsay Street.
wm.Sc. 1952  T. Johnston Memories 14:
The gaggie shed or theatre was built of wooden partitions.

[Cf. Geg, n.2 and Eng. gag, a “made-up” story, and the theatrical term gag.]

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