from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Scots Alert and quick to respond.
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- v. To glance.
- n. A look or glance.
- n. Alternative form of cleg.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Quick of perception; alert; sharp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- n. Same as cleg.
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.
"A'm no 'sae gleg on the subject o' sin as some fowk I ken."
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!
"I said the good-wife was gleg; I'm just as gleg myself."
"You're not very gleg at some things, Elrigmore," he said, smiling.
The Provost's a gleg man, but he's not so gleg as his wife.
This annoyed me, I confess, and John Splendid was gleg enough to see it
Under his tuition, and being moreover, like Cuddie Headrigg, "gleg at the uptak," I made rapid progress in knowledge.
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