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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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ORANGER, n. Also oringer. An orange (Gsw. 1753 Glasgow Past and Present (1884) II. 532; Sc. 1825 Jam.; Ags. 1893 Arbroath Guide (21 Jan.) 4; Arg. 1936 L. McInnes Dial. S. Kintyre 25; ne.Sc., Ags., Per., Edb., wm.Sc., Gall., Uls. 1964). [′orəndʒər]Sc. 1701 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1908) 313:
Tuenty boxes of soure orangers and fyve boxes of lemions.
Inv. 1729 Steuart Letter Bk. (S.H.S.) 316–7:
I have given sd. Malcome McIntosh two dozen Lemons, there being no bitter orangers in town.
Peb. 1793 R. D. C. Brown Carlop Green (1817) 133:
And orangers, and apples sour, That worms leave in the wame.
Ayr. 1821 Galt Ayrshire Legatees vi.:
Like kists of orangers in a grocery seller.
Edb. 1870 J. Lauder Warblings 102:
I'll get plenty there tae smoke, An' get oringers an' treckle fur a feed.
Gsw. 1910 H. Maclaine My Frien' 62:
I'll gie ye an oranger whan ye're feenished.
Gsw. 1915 Neil Munro Erchie & Jimmy Swan (1993) 198:
'If ye met a chap ye kent at nicht, what could ye stand him.' 'Oh, ye would jist slip him an oranger or a tin o' Nestle's milk, and say 'Here's to ye!'
Ags. 1920 D. H. Edwards Men and Manners 232:
Twa baskets — ane wi' apples an' orangers.
Sc. 1993 Herald 24 Mar 22:
School attendance became compulsory in Scotland in 1872. By the 1880s the School Board of Glasgow's School Attendance Committee was being told by truants that, "Ither laddies took me awa'," or "Carters at the bazaar gied me orangers for helpin' them".
Ayr. 1999:
A'll pit ma oranger's skin in the bin. A've nae notion o an oranger.

 [Appar. erron. f. O.Fr. oranger, an orange tree.]

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