Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

HAPPERGAW, n., v. Also Anglicised form hoppergaw.

I. n. A gap in growing corn caused by unequal sowing (Bwk. 1825 Jam.). Sc. c.1708  Copie of a Baron's Court 10:
I jamph a boll? or yet a Peck? No, no! I rather baily brake my Leg in two. God bless the Caird! I trow his Worship knaws, I am a man that hath no Happer-Gaws.

II. v. To sow grain unequally (when using a happer) so that the resulting crop is patchy (e.Lth. 1825 Jam.; Teviotd. Ib., hoppergaw). Ppl.adj. happer-gaw'd (e.Lth., Ib.); vbl.n. happergawin. Also found in n.Eng. dials. Sc. 1849  H. Stephens Bk. Farm I. 539:
This species of bad sowing is named in the country laddering, or happergawin.

[Happer, n., 2. + Gaw, n.2, 3., a gap.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Happergaw n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jan 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/happergaw>

12253

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: