Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BOGLE, Boggle, Boogle, Bogill, n. and v.1 [bogl; bɔgl Sc.; bugl centr.–w.Rxb.]
1. A ghost, spectre, phantom, causing fright. Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Sc. Proverbs 150:
Ye're ower auld farren to be fleyed wi' bogles. Ags. 1921 V. Jacob Bonnie Joann, etc. 17:
The mune hung, deaved wi' sunset, no a spunk o' pride intill her, Nae better nor a bogle, till the licht was awa. Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 62:
O'er the Grayfriars, whare, at mirkest hour, Bogles and spectres wont to tak their tour. Rxb. 1826 A. Scott Poems 94:
Auld folks wha liv'd in days o' yore, Could nightly tell us tales galore, 'Bout warlocks, witches, brownies, boggles, That sometimes ev'ry traveller oggles.
2. A scarecrow; applied also to human beings: a “fright.” Gen.Sc.
Lnl. 1881 H. Shanks Musings under the Beeches 224:
Nor shall it be that thou at last, . . . Shalt duty do in tatie field. To bogle's back I'll never yield My coat! Gsw. 1902 J. J. Bell Wee Macgreegor (1903) ii.:
I never cud unnerstaun' hoo yer brither Rubbert cud mairry sic an auld bogle. Dmf. 1912 A. Anderson Surfaceman's Later Poems 36:
It's an auld wife's story, to fricht the bairns, As a bogle frichts a craw.
3. A game. See phr. (1) infra.
4. Phrases: (1) bogle, bogle about the bush, bogle —, bogill about the stacks, a form of “hide-and-seek” played by young people. Cf. Barley-Brack(s), 2. Given as obs. in Watson Rxb. W.-B. 1923; (2) bogle catch the fairy, id.
(1) Sc. 1808 Jam.:
Bogill about the stacks, or simply, Bogle, a play of children or young people, in which one hunts several others around the stacks of corn in a barnyard. . . . The name has probably originated from the idea of the huntsman employed being a scare-crow to the rest. Edb. 1720 A. Pennecuik Streams from Helicon 79:
We went to the Barn-Yard and play'd bogle about the Stacks. Slk. 1755 J. Elliot Flowers of the Forest iv. in Songs of Scot. (ed. R. Chambers 1880) 23:
At e'en, in the gloaming, nae swankies are roaming 'Bout stacks wi' the lasses at bogle to play. fig. Sc. 1814 Scott Waverley (1817) lxxi.:
I circumvented them — I played at bogle about the bush wi' them. (2) Slg. 1885 W. Towers Poems, etc. 193:
As round the rucks we jinking play, At “Bogle catch the fairy.”
5. Combs.: (1) bogle-bo, “hobgoblin or spectre” (Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Gloss.); (2) bogle-day, see Buggle, n.1; (3) bogle keik, bo-peep, hide-and-seek. Cf. Bogie-Keek; (4) bogle-knowes, knolls supposed to be haunted by apparitions; †(5) bogle-rad, afraid of bogles, ghosts. Given as obs. in Watson Rxb. W.-B. 1923, which gives also the form boogle-raad for s.Rxb. See Rad; ‡(6) bogle-ridden, idem. Given for ne.Rxb. in Watson Rxb. W.-B. 1923; (7) bogle-shanks, ghostly shadows (legs); (8) bogle-wark, witchcraft, ghostly interference; (9) tatie-, tattie-bogle, a scarecrow set among growing potatoes. Often used fig. Gen.Sc.
(1) Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 173:
Or has some Bogle-bo Glowrin frae 'mang auld Waws gi'en ye a Fleg? Rxb. c.1734 Anon. in Elegy on John Hasty, Hawick Arch. Soc. (1913) 56:
If a young swankie wi' his joe, In some dark nook play'd bogle-bo. (3) fig. Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 168:
An' thae wha now his favour seek, Wad stand afar, An' ne'er play at him bogle keik. (4) Peb. 1793 Carlop Green (ed. R. D. C. Brown 1832) 31:
The Loch where on its bottom deep Its kelpie's cot remains, The Glyn where the Kow-craig at nights Still bogle-knowes retains. (5) Rxb. 1820 A.M. in Edin. Mag. (Aug.) 132:
The master being less “bogle-rad” than his servants . . . seized the wizard, and chastised him off hand. (7) Sc. 1925 “Domsie” Sc. Poems, Hairst-mune:
Auld hairst-mune aboon the stooks, Fine I ken ye by your looks, . . . Cuistin' bogle-shanks for lang, When the hervesters are thrang. (8) Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet, Letter xi.:
Sir John hushed the matter up, and the funeral passed over without mair bogle-wark. (9) Abd. 1929 N. M. Campbell in Sc. Readings, etc. (ed. T. W. Paterson) 55:
Preserve a' livin'. Is't a tatie bogle ye're tryin' to mak yersel'? Edb. 1915 J. Fergus The Sodger, etc. (1916) 20:
He was like a tattie-bogle, his claes flapp'd on his back. Gsw. 1898 D. Willox Poems and Sketches 237:
The folk'll think it's a tattie bogle deserting his post if they see me in this state!
II. v. To bewitch, bamboozle.
Sc. 1723 R. McWard Contendings 69:
To bogle us, with beautiful, and blazing Words, into that degree of compliance with the council-curates. Sc. 1825 Jam.2;
Bogle, properly, to terrify; but apparently used as signifying to enchant, bewitch, or blind.
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