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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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OOGLY, adj. Also o(u)gly; oogly Cai.; oagly Arg. 2000s. Sc. forms of Eng. ugly (n.Sc., Ags., Fif., Uls. 1964). Superl. oogliest. Hence oogliness (Abd. 1875 G. MacDonald Malcolm xxv.). [′ugli]Sc. 1707 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) I. 113:
It was ane apparition of ane litle old man about the height of the table, with a fearful ougly face.
Arg. c.1825 in Colville (1909) 144:
O it buitie be an ogly thing That mougres thus o'er me.
Abd. 1879 G. MacDonald Sir Gibbie III. v.:
The oogliest, ill-fauredest cratur o' a serpent 'at ever was seen.
Fif. 1894 J. Menzies Our Town 26:
I'll thraw his oogly neck.
Bnff. 1955 Banffshire Jnl. (19 July):
Tak' that, an' that, an' that, ye oogly thievin' deevil that ye are!

[This pronunciation was current in Eng. till 17th c. and still survives in dial.]

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