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JEEGLE, v., n. Also jegil, gig(g)le. Sc. forms of Eng. jiggle. [dʒigl]

I. v. To shake lightly or rapidly (Sh., ne. and em.Sc.(a), Gall., Uls. 1959); “to make a jingling noise” (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Also reduplic. form jeggle-jaggle, “to waver to and fro in order to save oneself from a fall” (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.). Sc. 1887  Jam.:
I canna write if ye jeegle the table sae.
Lnk. 1893  T. Stewart Among the Miners 7:
He's aye jeeglin' awa' at the loom yet, an' likely wull tae the last.
Ant. 1931  North. Whig (11 Dec.) 13:
Stop jeegling money in your pocket . . . stop jeegling the table.

Hence jeegly, gigly, adj., “unsteady, shaky, likely to be upset or overturned” (Sc. 1887 Jam.; ne. and em.Sc.(a), Ayr., Uls. 1959). Also used adv. (Sc. 1887 Jam., jeegly).

II. n. 1. The creaking sound made e.g. by the hinges of a door when opened or a chair when sat upon (Sc. 1825 Jam., jeegle, jegil; Kcb.4 1900).

2. A slight jerk, shake or rattle (Sc. 1887 Jam.; Abd. 1959). Phr.: to take the giggle-trot, see quot. It is uncertain whether this phr. belongs here. Sc. 1825  Jam.:
A woman who marries, when she is far advanced in life, is said to tak the giggle-trot.

[A dim. or freq. form of Jeeg, v. 3.]

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"Jeegle v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2018 <>



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