From Middle English rigge, rygge, (also rig, ryg, rug), from Old English hryċġ, from Proto-Germanic *hrugjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreuk-, *(s)ker-. Cognate with Scots rig, North Frisian reg, West Frisian rêch, Dutch rug, German Rücken, Swedish rygg, Icelandic hryggur. Cognate to Albanian kërrus and kurriz.
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