gilravage


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gilravage

(ɡəlˈrævɪdʒ) or

gilravitch

n
riotous festivity
vb (intr)
to make merry, esp to excess
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Blad 'fragment' and gilravage 'uproar' have been Scots words of varied history and obscure etymology; yet both seem derived from Gaelic.
Now for Scots gilravage 'uproarious conduct' (already quoted from Burns), also a verb 'to feast or make merry riotously', which is unrecorded before the eighteenth century, but is used by Scott (and in modern Northumberland dialect) as well as by Burns.
Scots gilravage 'uproarious conduct' would seemingly be a borrowing from a Gaelic word represented by Irish cireibeacht 'riotousness'.