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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

JAG, n.2, v.2 Also freq. forms jagger, jaggle.

I. n. A sharp, violent shake (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 89; Cai. 1902 E.D.D.; Sh., Cai. 1959); a rut in a road causing a jolt.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 89:
The rod's fou o' jags.

Hence jaggie, jaggy, adj., having a jerking motion (Per. 1959); “full of ruts” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 89), of a road; bumpy.Sc. 1842 Blackwood's Mag. (Feb.) 241:
The jaggy motion and the continuous rumbling of the vehicle.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 89:
The cairriage is unco jaggie the day.

II. v. 1. To shake violently by sharp jerks (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 89), jolt; to bend, blow over, as the result of the force of the wind (Uls.4 1948, jaggle, ppl.adj. jaggelt). Cf. Jachelt. Also fig.Abd. c.1803 D. Anderson Sawney and John Bull 29:
There Sawney sour loot down a lip, John be the collar fast did grip; Against the wa' sair did jag him.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 89:
The rod wiz sae rough, an' the cairt jaggit sae muckle, it a thocht ma vera bodie wid hae been jaggit out o' ither.
ne.Sc. 1871 J. Milne Songs 36:
As through the thrang we push our ways, We're jagged back an' fore.
Kcd. 1933 L. G. Gibbon Cloud Howe 129:
The first thing happened that jaggered his might, his knees went bang 'gainst the side of a tub.

2. To move with a sharp jerking motion, to bump (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 89; Cai. 1902 E.D.D.; Bnff., Per. 1959).Mry. 1927 E. B. Levack Lossiemouth 10:
A cam' doon that siddent on ma nen', that ma werry inside jagglet.

[A variant of jog. Also found in Eng. dial.]

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