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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Niggie-naggie, n. [Cf. later Sc. nig-nag (19th c.), Nig(g)nay(e, and Eng. nick-nack (a 1692), knick-knack (1618), of which this appar. represents a voiced variant.] A trifle, a trifling ornament or frill, an unnecessary or pointless proceeding. — 1653 Baillie III. 214.
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