Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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LANG, adj., adv. Derivs. Hence langish, etc. Add: langrodds, lengthwise (Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xx., Abd. 1975). See Read, n., 5. (4).

I. 1. Add: lang-heidit, of boots: long-legged. Abd. 1925  D. Scott Hum. Sketches 83:
A curn lassies wi' lang-heidit beets, wirkin amon' fish.

Add: long-teethed, ? ‘long in the tooth’, long-established, of old family; aged (Abd., Ags. 1975). Kcd. 1933  L. G. Gibbon Cloud Howe (1950) 16:
With the long-teethed gentry up and down the Howe.

3. Add quot.: Per. 1881  R. Ford Readings 55:
Adored by a lang third o' the young men o' the parish.

6. (4) Add quot.: Sh. 1962  New Shetlander No. 63. 26:
Nae weddin ever feenished ithoot da langbed.

(25) Add quot.: Abd. 1961  Press & Jnl. (20 Nov.):
Games of all kinds were played in their season, including lang-ingins (the boys' name for leap-frog).

7. (1) Add: Also i' the lang length (Sh., Abd. 1975). Add quot.: Ags. 1897  F. Mackenzie Northern Pine 239:
I hae gotten the finest present for ye i' the lang length.

(6) Add quot.: Cai. 1922  J. Horne Poems 33:
I'm jist takin' long! An' dreamin'—dreamin'!

III. 1. Add: (for) lang and mony a day, a very long time. Edb. 1844  J. Ballantine Miller 70:
For lang and mony a day I staid in the Dean house.
m.Lth. 1906  J. Medwin Crumleyknowe 136:
It's lang an' mony a day since I mentioned her name.

(2) Add: or or ere it be lang. Add quots.: Slk. 1818  Hogg B. of Bodsbeck i.:
But or it was lang he saw a white thing an' a black thing comin' up the Houm close thegither.
Abd. 1824  G. Smith Douglas 26:
Norval pays the piper ere 't be lang.

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"Lang adj., adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jun 2019 <>



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