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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SMYAGGER, v., n. Also smyaager, sm(e)ager. [′smjɑgər]

I. v. To smear, daub, bespatter (Cai. 1904 E.D.D., Cai. 1970).Cai. 1922 J. Horne Poems 17:
Ma claes were smyaggered ower, and weet — A sowrow sicht till see.
Cai. 1958 Edb. John o' Groat Liter. Soc.:
Ye'll lekly weet yur achan' feet an' smyagger aal yur shoes.

II. n. A smear, smudge, a mess, bespattered condition (Cai. 1970); “a dirty finger-mark on a wall” (Cai. 1921 T.S.D.C.).Cai. 1961 “Castlegreen” Tatties an' Herreen' 6:
Yur thoom an' yur corrag did most o' 'e wurk Till yur nev wis aal in a smyagger.

[Prob. a variant of Smacher, v., 2. Cf. P.L.D. § 141.1.]

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