Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

BIGLY, adj. and adv.

1. adj. Commodious, habitable, pleasant; handsomely wrought. Sc. 1904 Gay Goshawk in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 96 A xxvi.:
Lay down, lay down the bigly bier, Lat me the dead look on!
Abd. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads I. 36:
And has he broke your bigly bowers, Or has he stole your fee?

2. adv.

(1) Of large proportions. w.Dmf. 1908 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (2nd ed.) 3:
My mither, like my faither, was bigly made, but, unlike him, was inclined to stootishness.

(2) Very much. Uls. 1908 A. M'Ilroy Burnside iii. 26:
From a' I can hear she's a forby thrifty, sensible wench, an' bigly inclined to dae weel.

[Bigly occurs in O.Sc. as an adj. (15th cent.) = pleasant to dwell in; prob. from O.N. biggiligr, habitable. As an adv. it appears both in O.Sc. and Mid.Eng. in the sense of strongly, which approaches the mod. adv. bigly = in a big way, pompously, derived from big, adj.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Bigly adj., adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jun 2021 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/bigly>

2376

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: