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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

FLAGARIE, n., v. Also flaga(i)ry, fle(e)garie, fleegary, fligary, flugarie, -y, and extended forms flegmageerie (Lnk. 1853 W. Watson Poems 46), fligmagearie (w.Sc. 1825 Jam.), fligmaga(i)rie, flumageerie. [flə′ge:re]

I. n. 1. An ornament, a gewgaw, esp. something excessively garish, as in one's dress (s.Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry Gl.; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 207, flugarie; Dmf. 1825 Jam., flegarie).Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems 118:
Rouze up thy Reason, my beautifu' Annie, And dinna prefer ye'r Fleegaries to me.
Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 139:
Shame fa' them an' their fligmagaries baith, for I get nae good o' the preaching looking at them.
Edb. 1788 J. Macaulay Poems 118:
Just what I fancy'd them ever to be, Tho' buskit in a' the fligaries we see.
Fif. 1823 W. Tennant Card. Beaton 26:
As braw a hizzie, wi' her fardingales and her fleegaries, as ony Principal's dochter i' the three colleges.
Lnk. 1893 J. Crawford Verses 46:
[Tables] wi' fine carved flagairies an' French polished heid.

2. A whim, a silly fuss, a piece of frivolity (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Also used attrib. = whimsical, giddy. Phr.: to be in a flagarie, to be madly in love (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 207).Ayr. 1822 Galt Sir A. Wylie lxx.:
No, no, my leddy — nae sic flagaries wi' me.
Dmf. 1826 A. Cunningham Paul Jones I. ii.:
I never saw a quean that flang in that flagarie gate.
Sc. 1828 Hogg Trials of Temper (1874) 210:
So none of your bantering and flagaries; for have him you must, and have him you shall.
Abd. 1909 R. J. Maclennan Yon Toon 111:
Fit wye are they no' tryin' a cantata instead o' this operatic flumageery?
Rxb. 1918 Kelso Chron. (8 Nov.):
I never forgot me wark, whatever flagaries micht be gaun at nicht time.
Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Sc. Sangs 35:
Some fligmagairie gars her [the muse] thraw, She winna steer.

3. An over-dressed person, one who is fond of ornamentation (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 207, flagarie); one given to fuss or whims, a frivolous person.Slk. 1818 Hogg Wool-gatherer (1874) 74:
I'm nane o' your molloping, precise flegaries, that want to be miss'd, an beekit, an' bowed to.
Kcb. 1895 Crockett Men of the Moss-Hags xxxii.:
Tam Lindsay gaed aff wi' his fleein' flagarie o' a muckle-tochered Crawford lass.

II. v. To fuss, to act frivolously. Vbl.n. flagarying; ppl.adj. fligarian, fleegarying, fussy about dress (Upp. Cld., Dmf. 1825 Jam.).Rnf. 1813 G. MacIndoe Wandering Muse 38:
Fligarian wi' their flants on solemn days, As boost religion kyth in courtly claise.
Dmf. 1821 H. Duncan Young S. Country Weaver 45:
What did I come hame for? Was it to stan' and look at your flagarying there?

[A variant of Feegarie, Eng. vagary, phs. with influence from Flee, v.1, Fling.]

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