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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.


1. A cause of grief or vexation; grief or vexation. Obs. in St.Eng., obsol. in some parts of Scot. [′ɑŋər]Sc. 1766 Scots Mag. (Nov.) 567: 
At one time she came butt the house in a passion, and said, God that he had broke his neck when he broke his horse's neck, and then she would not have got so much anger by him.
Sc. 1881 A. Mackie Scotticisms 27:
The loss of that volume is a great anger — a great vexation.
Bnff.2 1931:
I got a bonny anger the day; my grannie's aul' cheena cuppie fell oot o' m' han's an' brook in a thoosan' bits.

Comb. anger-room, id. For the expression cf. cummer-room s.v. Cummer, n.1, 1. (3). Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 383: 
You are ay in Anger room. Spoken to Children when they are in the Way, and get Hurt.

2. In the ordinary sense of anger, freq. in Sc., as formerly in Eng., as “a fit of anger.”Ags. 1815 W. Gardiner Poems and Songs, etc. 42:
Then she gat into an anger.

[O.Sc. anger has the meanings “affliction, sorrow” as well as “wrath.” Mid.Eng. anger, from O.N. angr. sorrow. Cogn. with O.E. eng, narrow, painful, and Lat. angere, to throttle, torment.]

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