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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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AG, AGG, n. (Only Sh.) [ag]

1. The wash of waves on the sea-shore as by a steady wind from the sea.Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
De ag (o' de sea) upo de shore.
A norderli or sodderli ag: very slight break of waves with wind from north or south.

2. Foam near the shore; also, “a collection of light floating articles, such as morsels of straw, scraps of seaweed, etc., found drifting between the string of the tide and the backwash from the shore; usually met with on a calm day or when there is a slight swell.” (K.I. in E.D.D.)Sh.4 1931.

3. Stir, eagerness.Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
De'r ne ag upo da fish da day [i.e. the fish will not bite].

[Cf. Norw. ag, n., swell, Sw. dial. agg, wave dashed against the beach. (Jak.)]

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"Ag n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 7 Jun 2023 <>



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