wallydraigle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Precise etymology is unclear. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary suggests the word may come from Scots wally, a variant of wallaway, an interjection expressing woe. The Oxford English Dictionary agrees that the word is Scots, and suggests that the source of the second element is Scots draigle or English drag, both derived from Old English dragan (to draw; to pull). The term is attested since the sixteenth century.

Noun[edit]

wallydraigle (plural wallydraigles)

  1. A feeble or underdeveloped person or animal.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See the English section, above.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: ˈwālēˌdrāgəl; IPA(key): weɪliː dreɪɡəl
  • enPR: ˈwälēˌdrāgəl; IPA(key): wɑliː dreɪɡəl

Noun[edit]

wallydraigle

  1. a wallydraigle
    1. a worthless or slovenly person
  2. the youngest member of a family or the youngest bird in a nest