DSL - DOST   Slug, n.  [ME and e.m.E. slugge (c1425), slug (1615); SLUG v.] A sluggard. ---  Dainger dred I of dispair ... And sleuth also, that sluggis slummerie slawe; J. Stewart 235/143.



 DSL - DOST   Slug, Sloug, v.  [ME and e.m.E. slug(ge (c1425), sluggyn (Prompt. Parv.), slogge (c1560); cf. Sw. dial. slogga.] intr. To behave or act in a slow, sluggish or inert fashion. Also in fig. context. ---  Quhen the sleuthful hird dois sloug and sleip, Taking no cure in kepyng of his floke; Lynd. Dreme 890.  Fore and aft ye clatter, And slug three way-rope length asterne the matter; 1661-80 Lady Bark.



 DSL - SND1   SLUG, n.1 Sc. usages of Eng. slug, sluggard, snail, etc.     1. As in Eng. Phr. a slug for the drink, a person who can drink a large quantity of liquor without showing signs of inebriation.
    *Ayr. 1901 G. Douglas Green Shutters xvii.:
    A ``slug for the drink'' is a man who soaks and never succumbs.

    2. A sleep, doze, nap, a state of inactivity (wm., sm.Sc. 1970). Also in n.Eng. dial.
    *Gall. 1904 E.D.D.:
    A convalescent's wife said to me at her husband's bedside, `He taks a short slug noo an than'.



 DSL - SND1   SLUG, n.2 Also slugg, slog-. A loose upper garment or wrapper worn to protect the clothing, by women (Lnk. 1825 Jam.) or by both sexes (Fif. 1825 Jam.; Dmf. 1925 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. XIII. 39, Dmf. 1970), an overall, smock, a sort of blouse or loose jacket worn by women (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., +Sh. 1970). Also in dim. form sloggie, ``a loose bed-gown hanging down as far as to the knees'' (Slk. 1825 Jam.). [slVg]
    *Ayr. 1790 J. Fisher Poems 83:
    But aye sae weel she hid her wame Wi' yon blue slug about her.
    *Sh. 1892 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 245:
    She aye wüor a net mutch an' a white slug.
    *Dmf. 1912 Scotsman (2 Jan.):
    An overall worn by workmen was called a ``kirseckie'', and sometimes was known as a ``sluggie''.
    *Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 55:
    Waerin a green flooered slug.

    [Prob. of Scand. orig. Cf. Swed. sloka, to hang down loosely.]



 DSL - SND1   SLUG, n.3 Also slugg. [slVg] A gap or narrow pass between hills, a defile, a narrow gorge or ravine (Kcd. 1825 Jam.; Abd. 1904 E.D.D.). Hence slug road, a road through a narrow pass or valley (Jam.), specif. the road which crosses the hills between Banchory and Stonehaven.
    *Abd. 1781 Session Papers, Earl of Aboyne v. Earl of Aberdeen (1 July) Proof 1:
    To the north of the said burn of Altivow to the slugs of Glencarvey.
    *Ags. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XXI. 418:
    The Slug of Achranny, where the banks on each side are remarkably high and steep.
    *Kcd. 1893 A. I. McConnochie Deeside 39:
    The Slug Road from Stonehaven to Banchory crossing between Cairnmonearn (1245 ft.) and Craig Beg (1054 ft.).
    *Kcd. 1952 A. R. B. Haldane Drove Roads 123:
    Cattle crossing the Dee about Drum would cross the hills on the south side of the river by the route known as the Slug Road to Stonehaven.

    [Local variant of SLOCK, n.2, Gael. sloc, a hollow, dell, pit.]