Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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LUG, n.1, v.1 I. 1. (1) Add quots.: Ork. 1952 R. T. Johnston Stenwick Days (1984) 28:
"Dottan indeed. Thoo're workin' for a right skelp on the lug, Henrietta Kirkness."
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 7:
Flipote! you're staunin' in a dwamm like a big daft dug!
Get a move oan or Ah'll gie you a skelp on the lug,
Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 17:
here's the wyce tune
aince mair awa an' dinnillin lugs
wi a wow! that disna lippen on drugs
but's a ferlie gien a dicht tae the glum,
tae ilka thowless squeef, tae aa we've become.
Edb. 1995 Irvine Welsh Marabou Stork Nightmares (1996) 35:
On top of all my other Strang defects, I had to be cursed with those protruding lugs.
wm.Sc. 1998 Alan Warner The Sopranos (1999) 152:
Manda, one arm down, the hand fishing in her bag while she leaned over to yell in Orla's lug, goes, ...

I. 1. (1) Deriv. Add variant lugget.
Add quot.: Ork. 1952 R. T. Johnston Stenwick Days (1984) 36:
"I wish he wur here cheust noo," gritted Bella. "He wid git a geud lugget fae me. Fat indeed. A'm no fat, am I Mansie?"

I. 2. (1) Add to defin.: Also lugful, an earful, a dressing down.
Add quot.: Sc. 1999 Herald 28 Aug 6:
It would have horrified Carlton-Browne and his chums at the FO, but yesterday Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs was at the Asda in Almondvale getting a lugful from punters. ... Robin Cook sat down at Formica as the first MP to hold a surgery in a supermarket.

I. 7. Add Comb.: lughole, An earhole. (Sh., Ork., Bnff., Ags., Fif., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 2000s).Abd. 1981 Jack Webster A Grain of Truth (1988) 102:
I cleared my throat of a turnip and apologised for the straw in my left lughole.

I. 8. (13) Add to defin.: (Bnff., Ags., Ayr. 2000s). Add quot.: Sc. 1988 Scotsman 5 Sep 12:
A less independent character might well have accepted his definition of the study of her own country's history as specialisation. Fortunately in this case he had the wrang soo by the lug.

II. 1. (1) Add quot.: Abd. 1981 Jack Webster A Grain of Truth (1988) 40:
...there they sat perched high on the seat of the gig with nothing to protect them from the wind or rain, although some did sport a luggit bonnet or a gravat in winter.

II. Add: II. 3. lug in, To eavesdrop (Gsw. 1980s; Cai., Bnff., Ags. 2000s).Sc. 2000 Aberdeen Evening Express 21 Jul 18:
These warm-up sessions are great for the public to get close to their heroes and lug in on the chit-chat between the stars.
Sc. 2002 Scotsman 3 Oct 16:
Cafe life is infinitely worse because they take up all the chairs, or infinitely better if you stand near enough to lug in on their conversations.

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"Lug n.1, v.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jan 2022 <>



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