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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

HAGABAG, n. Also haggabag.

1. Huckaback, coarse linen (Sc. 1818 Sawers; Kcb.4 1900); “cloth made wholly of tow for the use of the kitchen” (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.). Also used attrib.Mry. 1708 in E.D. Dunbar Social Life (1865) 210:
Twenty coarse haggabag servits.
Sc. 1725 Ramsay Gentle Shep. i. ii.:
Clean Hagabag I'll spread upon his board, And serve him with the best we can afford.
Sc. 1787 W. Taylor Poems 76:
Whilst thro' lawn hagabag her breast did keek.
Slk. 1822 Hogg Perils of Man III. 205:
What wad ye spulzie frae a poor auld man that hasna as muckle atween him and the grave as will pay for howking it, and buy a hagabag winding sheet.

2. “Refuse of any kind” (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.).

[O.Sc. 1691 in P.S.A.S. (1919) 59. Variant of Eng. huckaback, id., the origin of which is unknown.]

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"Hagabag n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 Sep 2022 <>



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