Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SHIGGLE, v., n. Also shikle. [′ʃɪgl]

I. v. To quiver, tremble, shake with Small quick movements, joggle (Sh. 1970). Sh. 1915 Old-Lore Misc. VIII. i. 61:
Its möivment caused be da shiklan i da auld feely röif wi' da gale.
Sh. 1950 New Shetlander No. 20. 27:
We'll dance i' da shigglin tide.

II. n. A shake, jog (Sh. 1970). Sh. 1915 Old-Lore Misc. VIII. i. 61:
Bit he micht as weel tried ta wauken da Sheep Craig wi' a nudge, tho, in da end, after mony a shikle, Sjhorn got up.

[Sh. variant of Jeegle, q.v. Cf. also Sheeg, and S, letter, 6.]

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