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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

POAK, v. Also poag. To walk slowly and deliberately, to march around in a purposeful way, poag gen. implying quicker or more active movement (I.Sc. 1966, poak).Ork. 1929 Marw.:
A fowl looking for food in a field would be said to be “ gyaan poakan”. Also used without suggestion of search: e.g. of a man walking sedately about his house . . . An old man describing how he caught a skarf in his “girn” said he was watching the bird, and “she poag-ed this way an' she poag-ed that way, and then she poag-ed i' the girn.”

[Orig. somewhat uncertain, phs. simply variants of Eng. poke, to move about aimlessly, to grope or pry about.]

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