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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

GAGGLE, n., v.1 Also gagl. [gɑg(ə)l]

I. n. A moist, soft mass; a mess, lit. and fig. (Sh. 1953).Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
To be in a gagl (of objects in a moist, decomposed state).
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
“The road was just in a gaggle.” “He made a terrible gaggle o' the job.”

II. v. To bungle, mess up (Ork. 1953); to work with something messy (Sh. 1953).Ork. 1929 Marw.:
He just gaggles whatever he pits his hand tae.

[Phs. from O.N. gogli, mire, mud. Cf. Gag, n., v.1]

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