Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GAG, n., v.1 Also gagger.

I. n. 1. “A filthy mass of any substance, liquid, or semi-liquid” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 225, gag(ger)); “mire; mud; a porridge-like mass, esp. of too thick gruel or spoon-meat” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Sh. 1953). Cf. Gogar, n.2

2 “A large rugged cloud” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 225).

II. v. “To stir a porridge-like mass, to sit gagin in (atill) onyting. Also fig. to do work in the wrong way; occas. with object, e.g. to gag a fish, to gut a fish in the wrong way or clumsily” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).

[Origin uncertain. Phs. imit. but cf. also Gaggle, n., v.1]

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