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HODGE, v., n. Also hog(e), hoadge and freq. form hodgil (Gregor). [hɔdʒ, hodʒ]
I. v. 1. To move or walk awkwardly or jerkily, to hobble along (Abd. 1825 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 79; Ork. 1929 Marw., hoadge; I. and ne.Sc. 1957). Also of sexual intercourse (Ork.5 1957). Cf. Hoddle, n., 2.Abd. 1739 Caled. Mag. (1788) 502:
Sae he took gate to hodge to Tibb, And spy at hame some sawt.Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 105:
He loots like ane that clods is mellan An' hoges like a bothy dellan'.
2. To fidget, to hitch about, twitch, usually with impatience or discomfort (ne.Sc. 1957). Ppl.adj. hodgin, restive.Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 72:
Auld daddy hodgin yont the bink, Fu' blythe to see the sport.ne.Sc. 1836 J. Grant Tales 60:
The thing comes bangin' frae the straitest pairt o' the bank, and lichts o' the road just un'er Charlie's nose, whaur it hodg't for a wee, and syne lay still.Bch. 1932 J. White Moss Road xvii.:
Mrs Christie had been hodging impatiently on her seat.
3. To bump up and down, esp. in the saddle, to bounce.Abd. p.1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shep. MS. III. 111:
That wi' their ride had been sae sadly cadged That they nae mair cud suffer to be hodged.Abd. 1801 W. Beattie Parings 33:
He nimbly mounted on his beast; And home, a smart jog-trot came hodging.
4. To shake, quiver, hitch the shoulders, esp. with laughter (Abd. 1825 Jam.; Abd., Kcd. 1957). Also found in n.Eng. dial.Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) xiv.:
And the body hodged and leuch as if he had found a fiddle.Bwk. 1863 A. Steel Poems 211:
There hogin' and laughin' wi' muckle pretence.Dmf. 1867 S. Smiles Telford 117:
At this, it is said, “Tam hodged and leuch”; and Tibby, observing how easily he took it, at length grew more calm.
5. tr. Freq. with up: to hitch up, to tug or to push in a series of jerks, to heave (Mry.1 1925; Sh. 1957).Abd. 1767 W. Meston Poet. Wks. 125:
He hodged up his breeches.Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas 59:
He'll tak' the taunt, an tamely sneak awa, Hodge up a fidge, or gie his head a claw.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 79:
Hodge that stane doon the brae . . . He hodgilt the muckle stane up the brae.
6. With aboot: to carry around a heavy awkward burden for long periods, to lug about (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 79; Sh. 1957).
II. n. 1. A rough shove, sharp push or jolt, a hitch up (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 79; Sh., Bnff., Abd. 1957).Abd. 1795 A. Shirrefs Sale Catalogue 10:
Nineteen hodges fairly given, To help a sinner on to heaven.Mry. 1889 T. L. Mason Rafford 18:
The provocation they ga'e, if ane ga'e them a wrang hodge would try the patience o' twenty Jobs.Ags. 1893 Arbroath Guide (15 April) 3:
I ga'e her a guid hodge a bit farer up my back.Abd.4 1928:
Ye may cairry an aul wife o' your back aa day, bit gin ye gie her a vrang hodge at even ye're waur nor gin ye haedna taen her on.
2. A heaving of the body (with laughter) (Ags. 1957).Sc. 1844 Lord Cockburn Circuit Journeys (1888) 236:
They first lifted up large agrestic eyes and stared, . . . and at last confounded the orator by hodges of loud laughter.
3. A big awkwardly-built person, gen. applied to a female (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 79; Sh. 1957). Also found in Eng. dials.[Prob. mainly imit., in the same range of words as Hod, Hoddle, Hodder, Hotch, q.v.]
Hodge v., n.
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