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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SNAAG, n. Also sniaag, snjag (Jak.). [sn(j)ɑ:g]

1. A collection of small insignificant things (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.); a swarm of small living creatures, e.g. children, chickens, fish (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). In dim. form snaagie, a nickname for an inhabitant of Burra Isle in Sh. (Sh. 1959).

2. A thin straggly crop or patch of corn (Sh. 1897 J. Jakobsen Dial. Sh. 46).

[Orig. somewhat doubtful. Cf. Snack, n.1, Snag, n1.]

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"Snaag n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Sep 2022 <>



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