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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

HAG, n.2 Also hagg.

1. A stall-fed ox (Fif. 1869 J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 723). Comb. hagman, a cattleman (Fif.3 1919, Fif. 1956). Also in dim. form haggie (Fif. 1957). Fif. 1882 “S. Tytler” Sc. Marriages I. 279:
He'll no even be fit for a hagman (the used-up man who is the cattle-feeder on a farm).
Fif. 1896 “G. Setoun” R. Urquhart xix.:
That's what he ca'd his hagman last year, an' Jock ta'en it out o' him. He stretched him wi' a hay-fork.

2. One who tends fat cattle (Fif. 1909 Colville 66, hagg).

[Etym. uncertain. ? From Hag, v., in the sense of “castrate.” Cf. Hogg.]

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