Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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THWANG, n. Also twang (I.Sc.). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. thong. [θwɑŋ, I.Sc. twɑŋ]

1. A thong, a strip of leather, a whiplash (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh. (twang), Lth., Dmf., Slk. 1972).

2. Specif. a thong used in the sewing of Rivelins or slippers of hide, or as boot-lace or shoe-tie (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; ‡s.Sc. 1873 D.S.C.S. 147; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Ork., Dmf. 1972). Ork. 1964  :
The seams are sewn with twangs of sheepskin, threaded through holes called rivvleen holes cut with a pair of scissors.

[O.Sc. thwayng, 1420, thwang, 1513, O.E. þwang, thong. The thw- forms became obs. exc. dial. in Eng. in the 17th c. and in Scot. gen. assumed the form Whang, q.v., about the same time.]

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"Thwang n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Nov 2018 <>



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