Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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PUGGLE, v. Also pagar-. To baffle, nonplus, defeat, “do for”, most freq. in ppl.adj. puggled, -t, at a standstill from exhaustion or frustration, done for, at the end of one's resources. Gen.Sc. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
A was fair pagart; A coudna rin another fitlenth.

[The word is of recent slang orig., corresponding in form to Eng. army slang puggled, very drunk, said to be from Hindustani pagal, mad, furious, but it may be simply a euphemistic alteration of slang buggered, with sim. meanings, and poss. influenced by Pauchle, puzzled, and the like.]

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