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GESTER, n., v. Also jester. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. gesture. [′dʒɛstər]

I. n. A swaggering, a show-off. Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) xii.:
Wudna there been a gey raxin' o' necks if Sandy had gotten knighted? I'll swag Sir Sandy and Lady Barbara wudda made a gey jester.

II. v. 1. As in Eng. (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh.10, Ork., Fif., m.Lth.1 1954).

2. To strut, to swagger (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; wm.Sc.1 1954); to walk aimlessly about, making ineffective movements of the hands or arms (Bwk.2 1954). Sc. 1793  T. Scott Poet. Wks. 339:
The feck o' them, sae upish grown, The like o' me they'll har'ly own, But geck their head, an' gester on.
Sc. a.1894  Stevenson New Poems (1922) 548:
Gang gesterin' end to end the ha' In weeg an' goon.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) v.:
I dressed mysel' in my very best, wi' my Indian shawl, an' . . . the colours o't fairly dang the rainbow. There were a gey twa-three streekit their necks as I jestered up the Port, I can ashure ye.
Fif. 1916  G. Blaik Rustic Rhymes 68:
Ye're no partic'ler wha ye [a flea] blister, Or whaur ye tak' a thocht to jester.

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"Gester n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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