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HINGER, n. Also henger, hingger, hingar. Sc. forms and usages = Eng. hanger. [′hɪŋər]

1. pl. Hangings; (bed) curtains (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., hengers; ‡Sh., Abd., Bwk. 1957). Slg. 1772  Edb. Ev. Courant (3 Aug.):
A Four-wheel'd Chaise, with four glasses and silk hingers.
Sc. 1828  P. Buchan Ballads I. 50:
I'll put gowd hingers roun' your cage, And siller roun' your wa'.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) 65:
Some o' that artifeeshal muzzlin for hingers to the windows.
Sh. 1899  Shetland News (21 Jan.):
Shü cam but ower da fluer carryin ane o' da bed hinggers apon her airm.

2. Dangling ornaments on a horse's harness (m.Lth.1 1957).

3. Combs.: ¶(1) hingars-at-lugs, earrings; (2) hinger-in, one who perseveres, a conscientious hard-working person (Cai., ne.Sc., Ags., m.Lth., Peb., Kcb. 1957). Cf. hing in s.v. Hing, I. 7. (3). (1) Abd. 1875  G. Macdonald Malcolm xli:
Bein' a jeedge o' hingars-at-lugs an' sic vainities.
(2) Dmf. 1914  J. L. Waugh Cracks wi' R. Doo 88:
“Robert”, I've often said to mysel', “dinna be a hanger-on; be a hinger-in”, and a hinger-in I've been.

[Hing, v. + suff. -er. O.Sc. hingar, a pendant, 1464, a hanging drapery, 1532.]

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"Hinger n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jan 2019 <>



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