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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

RAGGLISH, adj. Also raglish. Erratic, subject to sudden unpredictable change; of weather: boisterous, uncertain, gusty with rain (ne.Sc. 1967); of persons: wild, unreliable, undisciplined (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 138; Abd. 1967); uneven, straggling, higgledy-piggledy.Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 18, 117:
Ye neibours douce and even down, Wha ne'er experienc'd a stoun, Or ragglish backward snib. . . . Whan ragglish winds blew o'er the hill, An' stormy was the weather.
ne.Sc. 1921 Swatches o' Hamespun 8:
A wheen scattert, sklatet biggins . . . aiblins gar the wee toonickie yeuk ony odds mair ragglish an' less eeniform.

[From Raggle, v.2]

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