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HUGGER, v., n. [′hʌgər]

I. v. 1. To shudder, to shiver (Abd. 1825 Jam.); to contract oneself, to hug oneself, to be huddled up with cold or illness (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 83; ne.Sc. 1957). Vbl.n. huggerin, -an, a shivering or shrinking feeling resulting from severe cold (Mry., Abd. 1957); ppl.adjs. huggert, -in(g), huddled up or shrunk with cold, pinched-looking (ne.Sc., Ags., Per. 1957), round-shouldered (Mry.1 1925, Mry. 1957). Also fig. Abd. 1900  Wkly. Free Press (25 Aug.):
He's bent and huggert aboot the shoulders.
Abd. 1929 1 :
It wis a bitin nicht an' the craitur wis huggerin' wi' her hans aneth her oxters to keep hersel' warm.
Sc. 1942  A. Galloway War Poems in Scots 6:
He [the portrait-painter] was a crystal whaur the sauls o' men Stertled their owners like a huggert wraith.
Abd. 1955  Huntly Express (4 March):
I lay an' huggert, shut my een, Or glowered oot at the frosty meen.

2. To crowd or huddle together as a protection against cold (Bch. 1931 Abd. Press & Jnl. (30 Jan.); Bnff., Abd., Ags. 1957). Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 83:
A' the nout wir huggerin' thegeethir at the lythe side o' the dyke.

3. Of clothes: to slip down or hang in an untidy manner (Lnk. 1953 per Mearns6; Ags. 1957), esp. in ppl.adjs. huggered, huggerin (Ags., Fif. 1957). Per. 1928  :
Yer stockin's are a' huggery.

II. n. The state of contracting and hugging oneself from cold or illness (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 83).

[A variant of Hocker, q.v.; v., 3. may however be due to a conflation of this with Hudder.]

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"Hugger v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Feb 2019 <>



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