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SHANGIE, adj. Also shangy. Thin, lean, scraggy, gaunt (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Hence shanginess, slenderness, meagreness (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Combs. shangy-gabbit, -mou'd, with gaunt cheeks, lantern-jawed. In this sense there has been some confusion with Sham, Shan, as in 1823 quot. [′ʃɑŋi] Sc. 1724  Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 86:
Wi' flae-lugged sharney-fac'd Lawrie, And shangy-mou'd haluket Meg.
Peb. 1793  R. D. C. Brown Comic Poems (1817) 118:
Soor shangy-mou'd, shavelock sweer.
Sc. 1823  R. McChronicle Legends III. 94:
[His] chin was so projecting that the under jaw carried the long row of irregular teeth with which it was armed considerably farther out than the upper one, making him what is called in Scotland shangy gabbit.
Sc. 1827  C. I. Johnstone Eliz. de Bruce III. ix.:
Like the Whippitie-stourie, shangie, shan-chinned, short-hoggers elf that ye are.
Bnff. 1852  A. Harper Solitary Hours 49:
His face is shangie, dour, and sallow.

[Gael. seang, thin, slender.]

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"Shangie adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Feb 2019 <>



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