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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

BAGGIT, BAGGET, ppl.adj. Also bag(g)ot (Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 11). [bɑgt, ′bɑgɪ̢t]

1. Bulging, swelled out. St.Eng. baggy, bagging.n.Sc. 1916 M. MacLean Songs of a Roving Celt 47:
For, in sooth, ye threaten tae eat us a' Wi' your baggit kyte oot o' hoose an' ha'.
Abd.13 1910:
Yer breeks are baggit at the knees.
Edb. 1843 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie's Wallet x.:
Thy plumpit kite an' cheek sae ruddy Are fairly baggit.

2. Having a big belly, corpulent.Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Bagget, corpulent.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 33:
She's had tae feed them feckly on brochan, makin' them baggit, shargert things.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 46:
Baggit, corpulent, stout: “Jock's a baggit boody.”

3. “Big with young, full of spawn” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also used as a n., a fish full of spawn. Sc. 1848 Chambers's Information for the People I. 687:
The male fish is sometimes also called a kipper, and the female a shedder or baggit.
Sc.(E) 1926 “H. M'Diarmid” A Drunk Man . . . Thistle 64:
As frae your baggit wife You turned whenever able.
m.Sc. 1937 Scotsman (11 Sept.) 13:
On the northern part of the west coast the late unspawned salmon are usually as scarce as they are on the north coast. So well is the type known in the centre of Scotland, that a special term has been applied to them: they are not called autumn fish as on Tweed, but either baggots, from their full appearance, or rawners.
Bwk. 1857 Proc. Bwk. Nat. Club 44:
Bagot salmon likewise (that is female salmon which are just ready to spawn).
Gall. 1897 J. Corrie in Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 117:
The sma' lean faither, The big baggit mither, And the three sma' bairns.
Rxb. 1863 Edb. Ev. Courant (10 Feb.):
He was detected by one of the water-bailiffs with an unlawful "angler's companion" in his basket, in the shape of a baggot grilse.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 46:
A baggit mennent, salmon, etc.

[Found in O.Sc. applied to fish in spawn and to an uncastrated horse. From bag, v.]

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"Baggit ppl. adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Sep 2022 <>



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