Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
ABLE, YIBBLE, adj. [ebl Sc., jbl s.Sc.]
1. Obs. in sense of well-to-do, rich. Occurs in Godlie Ballads (S.T.S.) 130.
Per. 1766 R. Nicol Poems 120:
An able house well thatch'd aboon.
3. Physically fit, strong. Gen.Sc. (obs. in St. Eng. See N.E.D.).
Abd. 1931 2 :
The aul man's nae sa able as he aince wis. Rxb. 1915 Kelso Chronicle (16 April) 3:
He feers that mony yible chaps Obey not duty's ca'. Uls. 1931 3 :
A big able fellow (well set-up, hefty).
4. Shrewd, cute, clever in looking after one's own interests.
Cai. 1931 6 :
Jock wis an able lad or he wid never hev got roon e factor is e did. Uls. 1931 3 .
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