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Gleg

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gleg gleg clever: apt:
    • adj Gleg gleg (Scot.) sharp.
    • ***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. glöggr, clever; cf. A.S. gleáw, wise, Ger. glau, clear.

Usage

In literature:

He's no' very gleg at the uptak.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
Any boy more "gleg at the uptak" would have met his parents half-way, and eased their burden.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
A' the Morays are gleg, and yon marquis has an ee like a hawk.
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
It was not the first time that Gleg had had to deal with his master's philanthropic activities.
"The Judgment House" by Gilbert Parker
And, indeed, he's gleg aneuch at the broadsword and target.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Every body's no sae gleg at the uptake as ye are yoursell, mither.
"Old Mortality, Illustrated, Volume 1." by Sir Walter Scott
Every body's no sae gleg at the uptake as ye are yoursell, mither.
"Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
But he's as gleg as MacKeachan's elshin,* that ran through sax plies of bendleather and half-an-inch into the king's heel.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
When we came down from it, I met Mr. Gleg, a merchant here.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
We should say that you were no very gleg in the uptake.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He was all life, and as gleg as an eel.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself" by David Macbeth Moir
We hae scalded aff the rogues wi' het water, and if they're to be keepit aff, I'll hae to be unco gleg wi' the kettle.
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
The Provost's a gleg man, but he's not so gleg as his wife.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
He was all life, and as gleg as an eel.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith" by D. M. Moir
He's as gleg as M'Keachen's elshin, that ran through sax plies o' bend-leather into the king's heel.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
But he is a good gardener, and there is no service in being over gleg in the hearing with such.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
Any boy more 'gleg at the uptak' would have met his parents half-way, and eased their burden.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
And the last was all life, as gleg as an eel.
"Amusing Prose Chap Books" by Various
And here I sit, and he is glegging at me as if he saw signs of an aureole under my grey hat.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
The wa's are thin and ears are gleg.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 21" by Alexander Leighton
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In poetry:

"Here," he laughs, "ye've each a leg,
Igo and Ago,
Gleg as Tam O'Shanter's 'Meg'!
Iram, coram, dago!"
""Igo And Ago"" by James Whitcomb Riley
O, weel could Willie Stewart play,
An' jig his elbow gleg an' fell—
The best bow han' in a' Scotlan',
He aften tauld me sae himsel'.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
He learnt us a', forbye, to dance,
For nane could teach like him ava';
His gleg blue een would gi'e a glance
Alang the couples in a raw.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
I'm growin' auld, an' no' sae yauld,
Nor yet sae gleg as I ha'e been;
But whiles, when I am a' my lane,
I licht my pipe an' steek my een.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
The best bow han' in a' the lan'
Is kirkyaird dust, as we maun be;
But still we'll min' the sweet langsyne,
An' Willie wi' his gleg blue ce.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
O! Mysie was a pleasant bairn—
Kin', canny, clever, gleg to learn;
An' weel she lo'ed the guid aul' carle,
That biel't her frae the caulrife warl'.
"Mysie, An Aul' Warl', But Ower True Story" by Janet Hamilton