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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RAG, n.3 Also ragg, raag; and deriv. forms raggle, ragger (Abd.). A wet mist, a drizzle (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928): Sh., Ork. 1967); a light drifting mist (Abd. 1967, ragger, raggle). Also in n.Eng. dial. Derivs. ragglie, wet and misty.Ork. 1929 Marw.:
It's come on a filty rag o weet.
Sh. 1949 P. Jamieson Letters 219:
The following day it was showery, with heavy raggs of rain.
Abd. 1955 People's Jnl. (19 Nov.):
November's fair haudin' bi its name, for maist days o' it his been dreich an' ragglie wi' fog an' weet.

[Of Scand. orig. Cf. Sw. dial. ragg(a), (to) drizzle, Icel. hragla, to drizzle.]

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