Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A merrymaking; a noisy frolic, particularly among young people; depredation; great disorder.
- v. To commit wild and lawless depredation; plunder; spoil.
The origin of this word is unknown but may be related to ‘ravage,’ to wreak destruction.
“The feet washin’ ploy, on the eve o’ the waddin’-day, was anither business that had to be gane aboot, an’ what fun an’ gilravage we did kick up at that job!”
“‘Where have you been so long,’ asked her mistress, as she came in. ‘Juist drivin' a gilravagin' muckle swine oot o' the or chard!’ replied Jess with some force and truth.”