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SNEG, v., n. Also snegg (MacTaggart). [snɛg]

I. v. 1. To cut (off) with a sharp instrument, snip (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also fig. Phr. to sneg off at the web's end, to cut off one's hopes (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Sc. 1718  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 78:
[She] sneg'd the Raips fow snack, We'er Knife that Day.
Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 38:
While we're sneg'd off at the Wob End.
Sc. 1749  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 268:
By solemn excomunication To sneg such off from their salvation.
Rxb. 1808  A. Scott Poems 68:
Time, wi' his scythe has snegg'd aff thae.
Rnf. 1813  E. Picken Poems II. 77:
[He] snegg'd hin' an' fore legs baith awa.
Dmf. 1820  Blackwood's Mag. (April) 52:
A dozen of gullies will come and sneg our thrapples.
Rxb. 1856  H. S. Riddell St Matthew xxvi. 51:
Ane drew his sword, an' snegget aff his ear.

2. To interrupt, to check, “to invite a broil” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 430).

II. n. 1. A sharp cut suddenly given, a small incision or notch (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Bwk. 1801  “Bwk. Sandie” Poems 36:
Gif Monsieur's durk shou'd gie a sneg.

[A voiced variant of Sneck, n.2, v.2]

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"Sneg v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 10 Dec 2018 <>



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