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  1. one of a series of decorative scallops or foliations along the edge of a garment, cloth, etc.
  2. Scot. daglock.
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verb (used with object), dagged, dag·ging.
  1. to edge (a garment, cloth, etc.) with decorative scallops or the like.
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Origin of dag1

1350–1400; Middle English dagge < ?; compare Old French dague dagger
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British Dictionary definitions for dagging


  1. short for daglock
  2. rattle one's dags NZ informal to hurry up
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verb dags, dagging or dagged
  1. to cut the daglock away from (a sheep)
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Derived Formsdagger, noun

Word Origin

C18: of obscure origin


noun Australian and NZ informal
  1. a character; eccentric
  2. a person who is untidily dressed
  3. a person with a good sense of humour
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Word Origin

back formation from daggy
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Word Origin and History for dagging



"thin rain, drizzle, wet fog," late 17c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse dögg, plural daggir "dew," from Proto-Germanic *daowo- (cf. Old English deaw; see dew).

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