wallydrag

wallydrag

(ˈwɒlɪˌdræɡ) or

wallydraigle

n
Scot a worthless person or animal

wal•ly•drag

(ˈweɪ liˌdræg, -ˌdrɑg, ˈwɒl i-)

n. Scot.
a feeble, dwarfed animal or person. Also called wal′ly•drai`gle (-ˈdreɪ gəl)
[1500–10]
reckling, wallydrag - Reckling and wallydrag are both names for the runt of a litter.
See also related terms for litter.
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Full mony a waistles wallydrag, With wamis [bellies] unweildable, did furth wag, In creische [grease] that did incres (Mackenzie 1932: 122) In 'The Tretis of the Twa Mariit Wemen and the Wedo', a malmariee complains of her husband:
However, our present concern is whether Middle Gaelic suaitrech 'mercenary; billeted soldier' can give Scots wallydrag. There seems no great semantic difficulty.
If wallydrag 'good-for-nothing' can be accepted as a loan from Middle Gaelic suaitrech 'billeted soldier', it tells us of an undesired aspect of military life in early Scotland, when the lodging of fighting men was a recurrent headache for the authorities (and common people).
A wallydrag or wallydraigue is a person or animal feeble, worthless or slovenly."
When news broke of Prince William's upcoming official visit to Israel, I was tempted to treat the news as I do all other dispatches concerning the royal family: By rolling my eyes, sighing softly, and wondering why these waxen wallydrags still managed to interest anyone but their unfortunate subjects.