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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

TROAK, v. Also tro(a)g, truck. To tramp, trudge, walk along in a slow or aimless fashion (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)); to amble. [tro:k]Sh. 1888 B. R. Anderson Broken Lights 85:
He . . . guid troagin' oot-a-daeks.
Cai. 1922 J. Horne Poems 20:
'E minister comes trokin' in.
Sh. 1949 P. Jamieson Letters 210:
When a flock of moorit sheep are troakin over a moor.
Sh. 1967 New Shetlander No. 83. 24:
I trucket up da stair an doon da stair.

[Of uncertain orig. Cf. Sw. dial. tråka, to work slowly. But phs. an extended usage of Troke, v., 4., sc. ‘to trudge about like a pedlar'.]

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