a sharp retort; a repartee ...1554 obs. rare exc. Scot.
to controvert, to refute; to reply smartly ...c1440 obs. rare exc. Scot.
for n.: from re- + jag n. a prick with anything sharp (Scot.)
for vb.: from re- + jag vb. to pierce with a sharp instrument
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE (for vb.)
c1440 - Reiaggyn (or reprevyn), redarguo
From: Promptorium Parvulorum
EXAMPLE (for n.)
"...without Snakkes, Reiagges, Revilinges, Chekkes, Rebukes,
and Tauntes, such as I never herd the like in such an audience,
all my Life longe."
From: A Protestation of Mr. Hughe Latymer (1554)
in John Strype's Ecclesiastial Memorials, 1721
• A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles,
James Murray, 1887-1933
• Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language,
John Jamieson, John Johnstone, 1867