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nounEnglish Regional, North Midland, Scottish, Northern
1The action or an act of going or walking about; one's course or way; a journey, a way.
A stretch or reach of a river, used for salmon fishing. In later use frequently in "raik fishing".
verbEnglish Regional, North Midland, Scottish, Northern
1Of an animal. Also (especially of sheep): to graze.
2Of a person.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Ballad Scottish Wars. Originally from early Scandinavian from the same Scandinavian base as Old Icelandic reika. In later use also directly from raik. From the 17th cent. onwards sometimes apprehended as the same word as rake<br>late 15th century. Apparently originally a variant of rake, now distinguished in form in the sense below<br>Middle English; earliest use found in Ancrene Riwle. From early Scandinavian; further etymology uncertain. In Orkney and Shetland use probably partly via the unattested Norn reflex of the early Scandinavian word represented by the Scandinavian forms listed above.
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