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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HOGGET, n. Also hoggit, hogga(r)t, hogyet; hugget, huggit; hodgehead and irreg. form ¶hoadhead. A hogshead, a large cask (Sc. 1887 Jam., hoggit, huggit; Bte., Ayr. 1957); a measure of meal, etc. (see Uls. quot.). [′hɔgət, †′hɔdʒət]Sc. 1714 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1908) 517:
Fifteen pound sterling for a hodgehead of claret wyne furnished be him for the use of the communion.
Ayr. 1823 Galt Entail xxiv.:
The snuff . . . frae Mr Glassford, made out of the primest hogget in his last cargo.
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 276:
Country folk say of those who speak this way [like a ventriloquist], “that they speak as if the soun' cam out o' a hogyet.”
Sc. 1829 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 289:
I'll lay a hoggit o' whusky to a saucer o' salloop.
Rnf. 1850 A. McGilvray Poems (1862) 48:
The lass wi' hakit hand's an' feet, An' like a hugget roun' the waist.
Lnk. 1890 J. Coghill Poems 108:
To buy their hogget for my gill.
Uls. a.1908 Traynor:
Hogget. A dry measure of about 6 cwt. A hogget of meal pressed down would hold about 6 cwt.

[Hogget, etc. is a reduced form of hog-head, O.Sc. hogheid, id., 1577. For hodgehead, cf. O.Sc. hodghead, 1634, from hogshead.]

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"Hogget n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 May 2024 <>



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