Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MODGEL, n. A measured quantity of liquor, a noggin. Fif. 1825  Jam.:
“I've gotten my modgel” I have got my usual quantity of drink . . . “To tak one's modgel.” To partake of a social glass; sometimes denoting a morning dram.

[Palatalised variant of Eng. module, a standard of measurement, Lat. modulus, id. Cf. the sim. use of modicum in Eng.]

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