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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GRUGGLE, v., n. Also groogle, grookel. [′gru:gəl, ′grʌ-]

I. v. To disorder, rumple, crumple, crease (Ags. 1910 Mrs J. B. Smith W.-L.; ne.Sc., ‡Ags. 1955).Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 38:
Gin onie chiel had coolie scaw't, Sic's groogl't crown, or raggit waut.
Ags. 1894 A. Reid Heatherland 16:
Ye canna gruggle England's rose An' leav't nae haet the waur.
Abd. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 62:
So they speelt the hen-hoose at the gale, an' gruggled a' the thack.
Abd.1 1929:
Sic a grookelt sicht ye are! Fan micht ye hae ironed yer frock?

II. n. 1. A fold, a crease, a wrinkle (Abd.8 1917; ne.Sc., Ags. 1955).

2. An angle, corner.Ags. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.:
“He is standing at the gruggle o' the hoose,” i.e. where the walls of two houses or two parts of a house come together in an angle.

[Ad. Du. kreukel(en), (to) crease, crumple, crimp. For the voicing, see G, 6.]

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