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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DODGEL, DODGIL, Dodshal, n. Anything large of its kind, a lump (Bnff.2 1940; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., obs.). Also used fig., e.g. of a clumsy person (Ork. 1929 Marw., dodshal; Ork.2 1948).Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 39:
“A dodgil o' a stick”; “A dodgil o' a neep.”
Abd. 1900 E.D.D.:
He's a saft, easy-going dodgel.
Rxb. 1825 Jam.2:
A dodgel o' bannock.

[Prob. deriv. of Dodge, n.1 Cf. Dadgil.]

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