Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CUMBLE, KUMBEL, CUM'LE, KUML, v. To turn upside down (Sh. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl., cumble; 1908 Jak. (1928), kuml; 1914 Angus Gl., kumbel). [′kʌm(b)əl; ′koməl (Jak.)] Sh. 1898  Sh. News (9 April):
Risin' an' cumblin' da lid o' a pail ower da bowl.
Sh.(D) 1922  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 99:
Whaur doo [old boat] lies cum'ld on da knowe — Weel wis doo wirt a better noost.

[A Sh. variant of Whummle, q.v., the wh having become kw- or kv- with subsequent dropping of the w or v before u on the analogy of Norse words in kv-.]

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