Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
KNEGGUM, n. Also knegum, gneg(g)um (Gregor; Abd.7 1925), knaggim, kniggum (Fif. 1808 Jam.), nyuggum (Ayr.4 1928). [′(k)nɛgəm, ′gnɛg-, ′(k)nɑg-]
1. A pungent, disagreeable taste or flavour (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 67; Kcb.2 c.1925; Cai., Abd., Kcd., Kcb. 1960), an after-taste; a bad, lingering smell (Abd. 1913).
Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Jnl. from London 24:
It [ale] had an ugly knaggim, an' a wauch wa-gang. Abd. 1832 J. B. Pratt Jamie Fleeman (1912) 31:
Berries' spice [snuff] had “a cursed ill knegum.” Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xi.:
Neither of them dreamt that “the ga-ano [guano] cud hae had sic a rank kneggum”.
†2. Fig. A reputation for trickery, a tendency to cheating.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 67:
Ye needna pit muckle trust in 'im: he hiz a gey gnegum; an' maybe ye'll seen ken that t' yir cost.
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