Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MOG, v., n. [mo:g]

I. v. To jog along in a trifling way, to potter. Also in Eng. dial. Cf. Moger, v.1 Ayr.7 1932:
Her infant child was sitting near by, playing with a cup and saucer, and she looked at him and said: “There he is, mogin away, quite happy.”

II. n. A botch, mess, muddle (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.). Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Hit came till a mog.

[Orig. obscure, in the v. phs. simply imit. of a slow or lethargic motion, as through mud, wet, etc. ?Cf. Moggan. The n. may be a different word, connected with Norw. dial. måka, to potter, bungle, phs. also influenced by Moger, v.1, n.1]

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