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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GLAGGER, v., n.

I. v. To be avid, to desire eagerly, to long (Bnff.4 1927; Abd.2 1940; Mry., Abd. 1954); to search eagerly (for); gen. used as ppl.adj. = very eager, longing.Abd. 1895 G. Williams Scarbraes 54:
“Wadna tak' it [a drink] mysel',” exclaimed the foreman, “that's a guid ane. Man, I was a' glaggerin' for't.”
Abd. 1901 Abd. Wkly. Free Press (24 Aug.):
I've been perwherin' tae the middle amon' the water for twa hours glaggerin' for the loon.
Mry.1 1925:
He's jist glaggerin tae get at it.
Abd.2 1932:
Sandy, aye glaggerin' for a bargain, bocht at the tail en' o' the roupie a' the gweed-for-naething baggage at a mere wanworth.

II. n. Desire, greed.Abd. 1899 Abd. Wkly. Free Press (22 July):
Atween the glagger for siller an' the pantin' for learnin', there's nae time left for muckle else.

[Phs. an extended use of glagger s.v. Glag, above, sc. to thirst after, be gasping for.]

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