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SHOGGLE, v., n. Also shogle, schogle; shoog(g)le, shougle; shuggle; ¶shochle. [ne., s.Sc. ʃogl; m. and s.Sc. + ʃugl, ʃʌgl, Fif. + ʃʌugl]

I. v. 1. intr. To sway, move unsteadily, to rock, wobble, swing (Sc. 1880 Jam.; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 265; Uls. 1953 Traynor; Sh., n.Sc., em. and wm.Sc., Rxb. (shoogle) 1970). Sc. 1724 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 83:
A Braid-sword schogled at his Thie.
Ayr. 1826 Galt Last of Lairds xxxiii.:
It's an earthquake — I think I fin' the world shooglin beneath my verra feet.
Abd. 1831 Aberdeen Mag. (Dec.) 641:
Now tossed on the back o' a black wave, she hung shougglin' in the clouds like an auld creel.
Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 99:
That wis the time 'at she took awa' the shoglin' briggie.
Ags. 1920 D. H. Edwards Muirside 234:
A bonnie curly-haired bairn “shogglin” on her back.
s.Sc. 1933 Border Mag. (Sept.) 133:
Wi' a budy's feet shooglin aboot lik' this.
Bnff. 1934 J. M. Caie Kindly North 6:
A shogglin', shauchlin' cairt.

Hence shogglie, shooglie, -y, schoglie, †shuggelty, shaky, unsteady, tottery, insecure (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson; Uls. 1953 Travnor). Gen.Sc. Combs. shoogly-bed, a quagmire (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). See shog-bog s.v. Shog, v.; shoogly jock, brawn in jelly (Slg., w.Lth., Lnk. 1970); shugly-shoo, a quagmire (Uls. 1953 Traynor); shuggle-teshue, jolting, joggling. Ayr. 1822 Galt Gathering of West (1939) 40:
The steam-boats, they're shoogly things.
Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 139:
Tak tent, for the steps are gey shoggly.
Ayr. 1834 Galt Stories of Study III. 31:
A diligence being a kind of shuggle-teshue vechle.
Kcd. 1870 Stonehaven Jnl. (9 June) 3:
Ane gudgie kist an' shoggly bed.
Gsw. 1889 J. Houston Autobiography 130:
That shuggelty-shuggelty concern they ca' the Suspition Brig.
Dmf. 1912 J. L. Waugh Cracks wi' R. Doo 93:
That's what they ca' a whatnut. It's a shogly lookin' thing.
m.Lth. 1925 C. P. Slater Marget Pow 23:
Not a single earthquake! I'm thinkin' Italy is no' near so shoogly as what folks try to make out.
Rs. 1949 Glasgow Herald (7 Feb.):
If he rode in an old tram he would say it was “afel shouglie”.
Arg. 1949 N. Mitchison and D. Macintosh Men and Herring 75:
There was nothing in the butcher's excepting shoogly jock.
Abd. 1961 Abd. Press & Jnl. (5 Aug.):
It was gey shoggly and sometimes I fell off.

2. tr. To shake, joggle, to cause to totter or rock, to swing backwards and forwards (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Uls. 1953 Traynor; Sh., ne. and m.Sc. 1970). Phrs. to shoogle hands, to shake hands, to shoggle one's sheen, to walk or tramp about. Ayr. 1822 Galt Sir A. Wylie xxxiv.:
If, by ony mischance, she had been shooggled aff.
Gsw. 1863 W. Miller Nursery Songs 11:
Stravaging win's begin To shuggle and daud the window-brods.
Gsw. 1904 H. Foulis Erchie ix.:
Will I hae to shoogle hands wi' a' that crood?
Edb. 1926 A. Muir Blue Bonnet xxii.:
Ye could make a kittlin look sick and shaky so easy — just wi' shooglin' it in your hands!
Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 29:
I've shoggle't my sheen ower the hale countraside.
Ags. 1952 Forfar Dispatch (21 Aug.):
Tae get reeshled in trains and shoggled in boats.
Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick i.:
To haad it on been shochlt aboot fin it wis bein cadget throwe the snaa.

3. To jog along, move with little unsteady jerks; to shuffle in walking (Lnk. 1825 Jam.; Sh., Cai. 1970). Kcd. 1933 L. G. Gibbon Cloud Howe 175:
He never would stop, would just shoggle on.
Cai. 1961 “Castlegreen” Tatties an' Herreen' 38:
He shoogled queekly oot o' bed.

II. n. A jog, jolt, shake (Ayr. 1825 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 149; Uls. 1953 Traynor; I. and n.Sc., Ags. 1970), lit. and fig.; a swing on a rope, tree branch, etc. (Ags., Per., Slg., Ayr. 1970). Ayr. 1822 Galt Entail lxxvii.:
Gie that sleepy bodie, Dirdumwhamle, a shoggle out o' his dreams.
Wgt. 1877 G. Fraser Sketches 311:
“The lasses hae forgot tae gae't the shoggle;” meaning, that the water and the whisky had not been shaken and incorporated.
Bnff. 1935 Abd. Press & Jnl. (17 Jan.):
Her wardle may get a sair shogle.
Ags. 1961 People's Jnl. (7 Jan.):
The girny wife's pride got a shogle.

[Freq. form of Shog.]

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