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Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SPAIG, n. Also spaeg (Jam.). A person with long misshapen legs, a tall, lanky person (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 432; Lnk. 1825 Jam.), also spaigin, id. (Jam.); a skeleton (Cld. 1825 Jam.).

[Orig. obscure. Phs. a variant, with extended meaning, of Spaik.]

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"Spaig n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2024 <>



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