(pronounced with a hard g) A slang word meaning to smell unpleasantly, or an unpleasant smell: "These denims a mine are ginkin." "There's some gink in that changin' room."
This means mud or dirt and is a variation of the more general Scots word clabber: "He slipped in the lane an got his troosers aw glabber."
© Michael Munro
Words in The Patter are not all related to aspects of life specific to Glasgow or particularly relevant to local habits - there is no shortage of local terms for everyday things or activities that are universal.
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