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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

VAIGE, n. Also vaidg, va(e)ge; veege; veage; and anglicised forms vo(a)ge, vodge. [′ve(ə)dʒ; †vodʒ]

1. A journey, trip, outing or expedition (wm.Sc. 1825 Jam.; Sh., Edb. (veage) 1973); a return journey. Phr. eence a vaige, for the sake of the trip only. Cf. Aince Errand. Agent n. vaiger, a traveller.Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My Ain Folk 195:
Mains of Puddleweal sent his carts on a weekly ‘vaege' to the burgh of Innerebrie to fetch his supplies of lime.
Sh. 1892 G. Stewart Tales 257:
Da upshot o' my first coortin' vaige.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
I was twa vaeges at da stak afore brakwast.
Sh. 1931 Sh. Almanac Companion 191:
Da weary, aald vaiger is hame, hame at last.
Sh. 1950 New Shetlander No. 20. 11:
Gjaan eence a vaige ta Lerrook.

2. A voyage, a journey by sea (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., vaidg, Sh. 1973).Abd. 1880 W. Robbie Yonderton 63:
It's naething oncommon, fan they come aff o' a lang voge, to see them throwin' their hard-won siller about them in hanfu's.
Sh. 1901 T. P. Ollason Mareel 82:
I winna firgit dat sam' vaige in a dirl.
Sh. 1919 T. Manson Peat Comm. 94:
Dis is harder wark as a vaige ta da haaf.
Cai. 1933 John o' Groat Jnl. (20 Oct.) 8:
'E veege til Orkney on'e St. Ola.

3. Used fig. in phrs.: (1) ill vage to ye, bad luck to you (Sh., Abd. 1921; Sh. 1973); (2) to be apo da vodge, to be coming to pass, to be about to happen.(2) Sh. 1893 Sinclair MS. 15:
Shø lippened da warst noo, an dat wi a at's ill wisna lang apo da vodge.

[O.Sc. viage, journey, voyage, from 1492, Norman Fr. veage, veiage. Eng. voyage is from the later (Cent.) Fr. voiage.]

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