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AICH, AIGH, AIH, int. Ah (denoting surprise, sorrow, etc.). The feeling is intensified in the comb. aigh-wow. [ex Sc.; eiç s.Sc.] Abd. 1875  G. Macdonald Malcolm I. 1:
“It's a God's mercy I hae no feelin's,” she said to herself. . . . Aih, puir Grizel!
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 124:
Aich losh! ye blush, preserve's, d'ye think shame o'm?
Slk. 1818  Hogg Tales (1837) I. 75:
Och! Aich me! . . . Aigh-wow, sirs! the lives o' God's creatures!
Slk. c.1822  Hogg Tales (1837) II. 152:
“Geordie,” says I, “aigh man! here's a great chap [a fish] just lyin steepin like an aik clog.”

[See also Ech and Ay, int.]

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"Aich interj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2019 <>



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