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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

PYAG, v., n. Also pja(a)g, pjog, pjakk, pjark- (Jak.); piaag, pyaag (Sh. 1964 Norden Lichts 8); pjeg-. [pjɑ:g]

I. v. 1. To work or move painfully and laboriously, to labour away without making much progress, to drudge, “sweat” at a task (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., piaag, 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1967), ppl.adjs. pjagen, pjaget, quite exhausted, worn out, on the point of death (Jak.); fig. of pain or the like: to gnaw away, nag quietly but persistently.Jak.:
No fit to pjag, unable to move, utterly exhausted.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
De were a aald man pjaagin upon a aer.
Sh. 1956 New Shetlander No. 43. 22:
Back yakkils njaag and pjaag with pain when they decay.

2. To trifle at one's work, make slow progress, “swing the lead” (Jak.). Ppl.adj. pjakket, feeble, trifling, having little strength or energy, small, underdeveloped. Derivs. pjagi, pjogi, pjegi, n., a trifler, dawdler, a feeble ineffectual person, a weakling (Jak.); pjarki, adj., small, insignificant (Jak.).Jak.:
Skond dee, pjagi! Make haste, you dawdler!

II. n. 1. Drudgery, slow laborious work, painstaking labour; capacity for work, strength, energy (Jak.).Jak.:
Der'r nae pjag wi' him, there is no strength in him, no capacity for work.

[Norw. dial. pjaga, to work hard, drudge.]

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"Pyag v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Oct 2022 <>



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