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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Nig(g)-nay(e, n. [Related to nignag (see Niggie-naggie): in the mod. dial of the north-east, the west centre and the southwest and of Ulster, as nignaye, -nae, -naw, -noy, -nye.] A trifle, trinket, bagatelle. — a1689 Cleland 92. Ib. 98.
He was not for the French nig nayes
1692 Presb. Eloq. (1694) 71.
For gentle-manny preaching they'l feed you up with penny whistles or nigg-nays bonny wallies [marg. children's toys and rattles]

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