Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
About this entry:
First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
This entry has not been updated but may contain minor corrections and revisions.
LAG, n.4, v. Also laag, laug.
I. n. ‡1. A manner of lying, the way in which a thing lies or is set, specif. of a mill-stone's adjustment to a particular kind of grain (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
A millstone is laid upon a “bere lag,” or on a “et lag”; i.e., the upper stone is raised or lowered so that the corn may be ground finer or coarser [for barley or oats].
2. A tug, a pull, esp. on an oar or in beaching a boat (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 132, 1914 Angus Gl.).
‡3. A catch of fish (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1960).Sh. 1899 Shetland News (11 Feb.):
Feth we're da better o' dee, my Sibbie, or dan we'd no gotten sic laags.
4. Fig. A humour, mood, temper (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1960); a state of excitement or high spirits. Of fish: inclination to bite.Sh. 1899 Shetland News (2 Dec.):
A'm seen dee apon anidder laag at a cairdin'.Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Der'r a lag upo dee; du is in a lag. Der'r nae lag on de fish.Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 9:
Daa is shürly no richt i' his upper story da night. A'm no heard him apo' siccan a laug shünner i' mi time.
II. v. 1. To pour or spread over in layers.Sh. 1898 Shetland News (5 Nov.):
Shü took da buggie wi' hit ower ta laag hit oot apo' William's mull.Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
To lag a midden.
2. To tug, pull, trail, drag a short distance at a time (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 132, Sh. 1960), to tug at an oar (Id.), to drag a boat (up) on a beach (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)), to carry in small amounts at a time as hay or corn (Id.).Sh. 1897 Shetland News (6 Nov.):
My legs is at dat wi' da gjoger efter laagin' up shürely fifty paet-kissies o' tatties fae da fit o' da toon yesterday.Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 128:
He's laagin da dokkin büddie wi' his handel apon his shooder.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Lag n.4, v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Dec 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/lag_n4_v>