from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of fiddle or violin played on the Shetland Islands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sharper; a rogue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument of the violin kind, having only two strings (of horsehair), and played like a violoncello, formerly used in Shetland.
  • n. A rogue; a vagabond; a sharper.


Origin uncertain, perhaps representing Old Norse gígja. (Wiktionary)



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  • Stringed instrument? *yoink*

    February 2, 2009

  • A Shetland stringed instrument, but also an obsolete word meaning rogue.

    February 1, 2009