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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

NOG, n., v.1 Also nogg, nug(g).

I. n. As in Eng., a peg, pin, small block of wood. Specif. Sc. usages: a large peg for pinning down sods on the roof of a house (Dmf. 1825 Jam.); one of the handgrips of a scythe (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 366); one of the two butts or projecting ends of the bearer-rails in a cart (Ork. 1929 Marw., nugg); a thole-pin in a rowing-boat (Id.). See also Nug, n.3; one of the two projecting horns at the top of a Clibber, q.v., or wooden pack-saddle (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), ‡Sh. 1964). Deriv. nogly, knoblike, projecting.s.Sc. 1824 J. Telfer Border Ball. 66:
He has kyssed her paunchy cheeke, And syne her nogly chinne.
Sh. 1898 Shetland News (25 June):
He clappid a lüiff-foo o' show'd lempits apo' da nugg o' da taft.

II. v. tr. and intr. To drive in a peg, post or the like, to set up a post as a mark (for). Arch.Dmf. 1940 Gallovidian Annual 107:
The Marches having been duly ridden, stobbed and nogged.
Dmf. 1962 Stat. Acc.3 110:
The Cornet, the Cornet's Lass and four Lynors (whose duty it is to “stob and nog” the boundaries).

[O.Sc. nog, = I., 1674. Cf. Eng. dial. nug, id., Norw. dial. knugg, knot, knob, of uncertain orig., but prob. cogn. with knuckle, Dan. dial. knoge, Ger. knochen, bone, etc.]

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