gleg

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

gleg (third-person singular simple present glegs, present participle glegging, simple past and past participle glegged)

  1. (Northern England) To glance.
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Noun[edit]

gleg (plural glegs)

  1. (now rare, Northern England) A look or glance.
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 308:
      And besides, you'd do the tomb so well. Everybody feels as if they want a gleg at the skeleton in your vault.

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant forms.

Noun[edit]

gleg (plural glegs)

  1. Alternative form of cleg

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly ultimately related to Irish glicc (shrewd, acute), Ancient Greek καλχαίνω (kalkhaínō, to ponder), Proto-Germanic *klōkaz (quick, smart), Middle English begalewen (to frighten, stupefy).[1][2]

Adjective[edit]

gleg (comparative mair gleg, superlative maist gleg)

  1. smart, quick, brisk
  2. alert, quick-witted, keen in sight, hearing, etc.
    • 1836 Joanna Baillie, Witchcraft. Act 1. p13.
      'When she begins to mutter wi' her white wuthered lips, and her twa gleg eyen are glowering like glints o' wildfire frae the hollow o' her dark bent brows, she 's enough to mak a trooper quake; ay, wi' baith swurd and pistol by his side.'
  3. intelligent, adroit, skilful
  4. (of blades, points, etc) sharp

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References[edit]

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  1. ^ MacBain, Alexander; Mackay, Eneas, “gleg”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language[1], Stirling, 1911, →ISBN, page glic
  2. ^ “kloek2”, in van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor, Etymologiebank[2], Meertens Institute, 2010