Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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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.

2. Substantial. 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 .

[O.Fr. hable, able. Mod.Fr. habile. Lat. habilem from habēre.]

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