• noun an awkward, ugly, foolish or clumsy person. The word is at least 100 years old in Britain and America, but its origin is obscure; it may be an invention, or derive from either Scottish dialect or Turkish or Arabic via Romany. Before the 1950s the word also meant simply a person, without the pejorative overtones.
  • noun a bad smell, stink. The word, which is probably lowland Scottish in origin, also occurs in the form of the verb ‘to gink’.