Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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†NUGG, v. Also nogg (Jak.). To warm a liquid slightly by stirring with a hot metal rod or poker (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Ork. 1929 Marw.), gen. as ppl.adj. in phr.: nugged ale, nugget-, ale warmed in this way (Ib.), hot ale with meal stirred into it (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.). Hence nugger, nogger, the rod of heated iron used for the purpose (Jak.). [nʌg][Prob. the same word as Nug, v., from the motion of the poker.]
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