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definition of the word agley

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Scots agley.

agley (comparative more agley, superlative most agley)

Positive
agley

Comparative
more agley

Superlative
most agley

  1. (Scotland) Wrong in the sense of awry, askew, amiss, or distorted.

The word was popularised by Robert Burns in his poem of 1786: "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley". It is often quoted and occasionally used in modern English.


From a- + gley.

agley (comparative mair agley, superlative maist agley)

Positive
agley

Comparative
mair agley

Superlative
maist agley

  1. asquint; astray, off the straight
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