Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Symbols Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

PIG, n.3 Also pieg, peag, peaig; peg (Jak.). Dim. pegi (Id.). A small, underdeveloped plant or animal, something of stunted growth (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1965), specif. a stunted or diseased cabbage or kail plant (Id.); jocularly, the penis (Sh. 1965). [pig]Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 144:
Gadder ye up da twa or tree peags o' kail, an' lay dem üdbe aside da lambs.
Sh. 1897 Shetland News (25 Dec.):
Da kail is grown weel dis year, alto i' yon shaald shurgy bit i' da head o' da yard der naethin' bit peaigs.
Sh. 1903 E.D.D.:
In early spring small shoots like tiny cabbages grow on the stems of cabbages, and these shoots are properly called “peaigs”. Hence comparatively any very small cabbage.

[Extension of Norw. pigg, pik, a sharp point, spike.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Pig n.3". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 Sep 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/pig_n3>

20782

snd

Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: