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STODGE, v., n. Also studge, stodj, stoj-. [stodʒ; Sh. stʌdʒ]

I. v. 1. To walk with a long, slow, heavy or deliberate step, to plod, stump, to step uncertainly or unsteadily (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), stodj, 1914 Angus Gl.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh., ne.Sc., Wgt., s.Sc. 1971). Abd. 1923  Swatches o' Hamespun 57:
Stodgin intae the chaumar at the neepor toon.
Abd. 1929  J. Milne Dreams o Buchan 8:
The gweedman stodges tae the door in big unfesten't beets.
Sh. 1961  New Shetlander No. 58. 15:
He studged alang on 'is wye ta da paet-stack i da wast hill.

Hence stodgel, -er, a slow, lumbering, rather stupid person (Mry. (stodger), Abd. (stodgel) 1930; ne.Sc. 1971, stodger); also adj. studgel, stocky, stumpy. Lnk. 1872  J. Hamilton Poems 254:
A studgel bit callan he brocht it to me.
Abd. 1898  J. R. Imray Sandy Todd 73:
An auld doitrified stojel o' a chiel.

2. To sulk, be sullen or saucy. Rnf. 1801  R. Tannahill Poems (1900) 12:
Muirlan comes doon this nicht, sae drap your stodgin, For ye must gie consent or change your lodgin.

II. n. A fit of sulks, a pet (Ayr. 1825 Jam.). Hence stodgie, pettish, sulky (Id.).

[It is uncertain whether all the meanings belong to the same word. For I. 1. cf. Eng. dial. stodge, id., poss. the same word as Eng. stodge, to cram, gorge, and orig. imit.]

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