from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Alert and quick to respond.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Quick or perception or apprehension; acute; clever; sharp.—
- Nimble; active; lively.
- Easily moved; slippery.
- 4. Keen-edged; sharp: applied to things, as to a knife.
- noun Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Scot. Quick of perception; alert; sharp.
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- verb regional To
- noun regional A
- noun Alternative form of
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Scots Language Quiz Do you know your dook from your gleg?
'Ay, Miss Shirley, there's a gleg light i' your een sometimes which betrays you.
Under his tuition, and being moreover, like Cuddie Headrigg, "gleg at the uptak," I made rapid progress in knowledge.
"I said the good-wife was gleg; I'm just as gleg myself."
Antony Standish could (but didn't) boast of a 'Varsity education, and he prided himself on his smartness, but he was far from being "gleg at the uptak', "as the Scots say, and his powers of observation and deduction assuredly would not have qualified him for a position as a
This annoyed me, I confess, and John Splendid was gleg enough to see it
They might be sturdy, the dogs, valorous too, for there's no denying the truth, and they were gleg, gleg with the target in fending, but, man, I found them mighty simple to the feint and lunge of Alasdair Mor!
"You're not very gleg at some things, Elrigmore," he said, smiling.
"A'm no 'sae gleg on the subject o' sin as some fowk I ken."
The Provost's a gleg man, but he's not so gleg as his wife.