Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cling; adhere.
  • noun A name of various insects which are troublesome to horses and cattle from their blood-sucking habits, as the great horsefly or breeze, Tabanus bovinus, also called the gadfly; the Chrysops cæcutiens (see Chrysops); and, in Scotland, the Hæmatopota pluvialis, a smaller grayish-colored fly.
  • noun A clever person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), North of Eng. & Scot. A small breeze or horsefly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun now dialectal A light breeze.
  • noun Scotland A gadfly; a horsefly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals

Etymologies

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From Old Norse kleggi.

Examples

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  • Sussuration of rushes,

    deck-chair poised at the weir edge,

    strepitumque Avon avari.

    Valetudinarian gent,

    kitted as for a safari

    in pith helmet and white ducks,

    has sat unmoving for four hours.

    A cleg enters him by the nose.

    Evening; chromatic thrushes,

    territorial blackbirds' clucks,

    purring from fumous wallflowers

    and lilac, discordantly rent.

    St John's men raise him from dank sedge,

    stiff, still in a sitting pose.

    - Peter Reading, A Departure, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 29, 2008

  • "Plodding along between high banks of lacy cow parsley, the mare shook her head just once as a hungry cleg found its way into the velvety coolness of her ear."

    --The Winner of Sorrow by Brian Lynch, p 87

    July 12, 2009

  • Ilegal in Words with Friends. How rude!

    July 25, 2011