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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

GLAG, n., v. Esp. used of dying persons. Also intensive form glagger, which appears to be the more common. Cf. Glog, v., n. [′glɑg(ər)]

I. n. 1. A gurgling noise; “noise in the throat as if of choking. The noise is not so great as that indicated by glagger” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 64, glag; Abd.4 1929, Bnff.2 1946, glagger); “phlegm” (Abd. 1954).Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 64:
He closet's een, ga' a glagger or twa, an' 'twiz a' our wee 'im.

2. A noisy gulp.Kcd. 1892 Stonehaven Jnl. (3 March) 2:
Up gat Willie till's feet an' took a glagger o' porter.

II. v. To make a gurgling or choking noise (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 64, Bnff.4 1927; Abd. 1954, glagger).Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas 78:
The curs'd Glenalvon wou'd hae been o'er cheap To [hae] glaggert out his hindmost in a rape.

[Imit. in origin. Cf. Gagger.]

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