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Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

NIG-NAG, n. A Sc. form, with voicing, of Eng. nicknack (Rxb. 1825 Jam.), a trifle, bagatelle, a small fiddling thing.Lnk. 1827 J. Watt Poems 66:
When idle fallows winna work, Frae door to door gaun thievin'; Wi' their nig-nags ay cheatin' folk.

[O.Sc. niggie-naggie, id., 1653.]

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"Nig-nag n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Sep 2022 <>



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