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HEGRIE, n. Also hegri, haigrie (Sh. 1856 E. Edmondston Sketches 67); haegrie; haegry; haigry; hagri; hagarie; hagery. [′hɛgri, ′hegri, ′hɪgri]

1. The heron, Ardea cinerea (Sh. 1806 P. Neill Tour Sh. 202, Sh. 1956). Combs. skip hegrie (Neill), hegrie's skip (Sh. 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 144), id. Sh. 1810  Scots Mag. (July) 521:
The skiphegrie, or heron, is occasionally seen on the rocks all the year round.
Sh. 1947  Shetland Folk Book I. 67:
De haegri stoorin in a pöl.

2. Applied contemptuously to persons of tall and ungainly appearance (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), hegri, hagri, Sh. 1956).

3. Used gen. attrib. of worsted: thin, loosely-fibred yarn (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Sh. 1897  Shetland News (12 June):
Dey widna luik at him becaas dey tought he wis made o' hagery wirsit.
Sh. 1898  Ib. (8 Oct.):
“Lass, I tinks hit [worsted]'s haegry!” . . . “Haegry! . . . Hit's a corne o' lambs 'oo', man, an' hit wis awful short.”

[O.N. hegri, a heron, Norw. hegre, id., also of persons.]

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