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A curse, swear word. Scottish < Old Flemish “wensch”=curse.

A small hammer used by a judge (or person in charge of a formal meeting) that they bang on a desk to get people‚Äôs attention. Uncertain origin, perhaps Scottish dialect “kevel”=a small hammer used to break stones.

An iron-headed club used for lifting a ball high or for medium distances; a number 5 iron. Possibly from Scottish “mash hammer”=a hammer for breaking up stones < French “masse”=sledgehammer.

To shine, glisten, or gleam brightly. Scottish, but of uncertain origin, possible Old Icelandic “skina”=to shine + “-le” suffix applied to verbs that happen repeatedly (e.g. “dazzle, twinkle, crackle”).

Irresponsible, lacking determination. Scottish and Northern English dialect “feck” < Anglo-Norman “effect”=action < Latin “efficere”=to cause to happen + Old English “leas”=without,

To drag up weeds, mud etc. from a river. Scottish “dreg-boat” (a boat for dredging) < possibly Old English “*drecg”=to drag.

An argument or noisy dispute. Scottish dialect < “argle-bargle” < “argle”=to argue < probably from “argue” and “haggle.”

To fish for eels by poking a stick into holes where they might be. Scottish dialect “brog”=a short stick used to prod things.

Crumbly, like cheese or earth. Chiefly Scottish dialect < ? “murr”=a fragment or morsel < ? same root as Icelandic “mor”=dust.

Someone who deserves to be hanged; a rascal. Scottish dialect “widdy”=a rope for hanging < Old English “withig”=willow tree.

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