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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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SPYOG, n., v. Also spyogg, spiog; spoag(an), spogue; spoug; sporg. [Cai. spog]

I. n. 1. A paw, hand, foot, or leg (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 179; Ork. 1929 Marw., spoag(an); Cai. 1971). Adj. spogach, having big clumsy hands, not deft (Cai. 1934).Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) I. 271:
Her twa short hose, and her twa spiogs.
Sc. 1827 Scott Two Drovers i.:
His tartan hose over a pair of more promising spiogs.
Cai. 1972 D. Omand Cai. Book 257:
A hit 'im wi' ma left spoug.

2. A bare, stumpy branch (Mry. 1921 T.S.D.C.; Inv., Mry., Bnff. 1971). Ppl.adj. spyoggit, spiky, in comb. spyoggit wire, barbed wire (Mry. 1923).

II. v. To stalk, walk in a stilted, stiff-legged manner (Ork. 1929 Marw., Ork. 1971); to march sedately.Gall.3 c.1867:
Here's the burial folk a' spoguing down the brae.

[Gael. spóg, a paw, claw, flat foot. Cf. Spag.]

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"Spyog n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 3 Dec 2023 <>



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