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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SKALRAG, n., adj.

I. n. A tatterdemalion, a ragged person (Slk. 1825 Jam.).

II. adj. Shabby (Id.).

[The second element appears to be rag; for the first Jam. suggests Skail, “one who gives his rags to the wind,” but this is doubtful. ? Cf. arch. Eng. scalled, scabby, scurvy (see Scaw).]

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



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