EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡlɛɡ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛɡ

Etymology 1Edit

VerbEdit

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

  1. (Northern England) To glance.
SynonymsEdit

NounEdit

gleg (plural glegs)

  1. (now rare, Northern England) A look or glance.

Etymology 2Edit

Variant forms.

NounEdit

gleg (plural glegs)

  1. Alternative form of cleg

AnagramsEdit


ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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]

AdjectiveEdit

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

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

http://www.dsl.ac.uk/

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