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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

HANVAG, v. Also hanvaig; hemvag (Jak.). [hɑn′vɑ:g]

1. To lie awake at night, to be sleepless (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), hanvag, Sh. 1956).Sh. 1948 New Shetlander (Jan.-Feb.) 11:
He lay in me lap, an' I satna lang hanvagin' for da shush o' da wind an' me nain weariness pat a odious sleep ipo me.

2. To saunter idly or uncertainly about, to lurk about (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), hanvag, 1914 Angus Gl., hanvaig, Sh. 1956); to be doubtful or hesitant, uncertain how to act (Ibid.).

[Norw. dial. andvaken, sleepless, O.N. andvaka, sleeplessness, andvaki, sleepless.]

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