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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).

BAGREL, n. Also used attrib.

1. “A child” (Dmf. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 46).

2. “A small person with a large belly” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 46).Mearns 1825 Jam.2:
“He's a bagrel body,” i.e. one who although puny is very plump.

3. A small fish such as a minnow. Cf. Bagglers.Per. 1910 (per Ayr.1):
There were several kinds of small fish in the Irvine. The name “bagrel” used in Perthshire . . . was not used at Newmilns.
Slk. 1822 Hogg Perils of Man III. xi:
Difficulty in fattening — a pig! baiting a hook for a bagrel! — a stickleback! — a perch!

[Bag, n., 3 and 4 + rel with dim. or derogatory force and used freq. with native Sc. words. O.Fr. erel, Mod.Fr. ereau and erelle.]

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