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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

LOVAGE, adj. Also lovich, lovitch (Jam.), lovish; logage-; logive (Galt), and deriv. lovitchfu (Fif. 1867 Jam.), logagefu. Sc. variants of Eng. lavish, extravagant, profuse (Fif., Lnk. 1825 Jam.; Per. 1902 E.D.D.; Dmf. 1920, lovish). [′lovɪtʃ]Edb. 1788 J. Macaulay Poems 195:
I never like to mak a fraise, Or yet be lovich o' my praise.
Sc. 1812 The Scotchman No. 3. 23:
Tho fok, thriftless o their time, may no gang the road juist sae fast, as they wha are lovage o their bluid.
Ayr. 1820 Galt Ayr. Legatees iv.:
All is left in the logive hands of uncercumseezed servans.
Ayr. 1836 Galt in Tait's Mag. (July) 460:
I had often observed that leddies schooled to narrow breeding, are aye the most logive, and make up for being scrimply thought of by the rest of the world by thinking muckle of themselves.
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 141:
Sharely the ship's come in — 'er lovish, Johnnie.
Fif. 1946 J. C. Forgan Maistly 'Muchty 15:
A hunner or twa (I'd be logagefu' here), O' roses ower a' flooers the queen.

[O.Sc. has lawage, id., 1535, O.Fr. lavache, a deluge. For the rounding of the vowel cf. P.L.D. § 49.1.; logive is a nonce form due to metathesis.]

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"Lovage adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Sep 2022 <>



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