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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Vagin(g, Vaiging, vbl. n. Also: vageing, waging, vaigeing, vagging. [Vag(e v.] The action of a. Wandering, roaming (Vag(e v. 1 a). b. Rambling idly; behaving in an idle, good-for-nothing fashion (Vag(e v. 1 b). c. fig. An instance of b above.a., b. 1608 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 47.
The dissordinat vaging and drinking of the servands in ostler housis
1616 Elgin Rec. II 146.
[Committed to ward] for waging to Spynie on the Saboth day
1642 Aberd. B. Rec. III 285.
Elspet Meldrume … convict for resetting of prophane people within hir hous, and for scolding, waging, and blaspheming Godis name
1646 S. Leith Rec. 75.
That there be no … vaging upon the shoir or streets … upo the Lords day
c1650 Red Bk. Grandtully II 146.
Your Latin, which if ȝour vagin continow, yow will certanlie forgett
1674 Edinb. B. Rec. X 167.
All persones … are prohibite … fra … habituall vageing abroad on the streits
1695 Comm. Univ. I (Edinb.) App. 39.
The regents shall wear black gownes, and the students red gownes, that thereby the students may be discurraged from vageing or vice
1699 Belhaven Rudiments A2.
His Majesty is not very well pleased with our vaging abroad
1707 Banff Ann. II 76.
The Sabbath is much dishonoured by the gading and vaging of people
(b) 1596 Dalr. I 258/12.
He gaue him selfe clein … ouer to al vice and voluptuous plesure … his wyfe, quha culde nocht suffir his foull, inordinat and voluptuous vaiging by her, stikit him
1641 Aberd. B. Rec. III 273.
Sara Fowler … wes convict … for vaiging and exclameing on the streites
1642 Culross I 200.
Johne Stephenson, accused for vaiging from the kirk on Lord's day
1647 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 76.
Prophanation of the Lords day occasioned be the frequent vaiging thairin of many of the inhabitants … of all sorts and rankis, in going to the old toun and wther places
1650 Argyll Synod I 160.
There is a promiscuous and frequent wandereing and vaigeing of poor people begging
1699 Stitchill Baron Ct. 143.
Who have no visible imployment and are knowen to be accustomed in vaiging and begging up and down the country
(c) 1696 Sc. Ant. XIII 77.
Restraining vagging on the Castle Hill on Sunday afternoons
c. fig. 1659 A. Hay Diary 38.
That the Lord wold reforme … the vaigings and whorings of my heart

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