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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GOOG, n., v. Also googg and freq. googar, †gougour.

I. n. Applied to anything soft, esp. when dirty or messy.

1. The young of animals or birds (Ags. 1808 Jam.); an unfledged nestling, used of wild birds only (Ags.18 1954).

2. “Very young meat, that has no firmness” (Ags. 1808 Jam.).

3. “A large, open, festering sore” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 68, googg).

4. A heavy cloud (Ib.).

5. Any soft, moist stuff (Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add., goog); “a mess of something ill-cooked or dirty” (Cai. 1911 John o' Groat Jnl. (3 March), Abd. 1954, googar). Cf. Gogar, n.2

II. v. 1. In ppl.adj. googit, of fish: soft and on the point of decay.Bnff.2 1930:
I jist canna thole googit fish.

2. To work with anything soft or messy (Abd. 1954).ne.Sc. 1826 Aberdeen Censor 208:
Hunting and herrying the kirk-yards and gougouring with dead fouk.

[Onomat.: cf. Gag, n.1, v.1, gagger, Gogar, n.2, and Gug. In I. 1., the word is phs. rather a variant of Gog.]

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