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GEBBIE, n. Also gebby, gaebie, gibbie, -y, gaeppie, gjebbi, ¶gebb.

1. The crop of a fowl (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Ags.18 (gibbie, gaebie), Fif.14, Knr.1 (gaebie) 1952). Edb. 1822  R. Wilson Poems 20:
I mind fu' weel we lighted here, An' gat our gebbies cramm'd wi' bear.
wm.Sc. 1854  Laird of Logan 62:
There's a fine young goose . . . wi' a pudding in its gebbie, and apple sauce at his side, like a weel tocher'd lass.
Ags. 1898  J. T. Boyle Spectre Maid 79:
The auld window sill, Where you aft, last winter, Your gebbie did fill.
Fif. 1909  Colville 125:
The young “gorbets” were fed on crowdie till their “gaebies” if not their nebs, cried “Hold! enough!”.

2. The stomach of man; rarely, the breast, the bosom. Sc. 1775  Weekly Mag. (9 Feb.) 209:
His waefu' gebbie is a plague, For aught I ken he'd eat a stag.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xi.:
The sair pangs they maun thole, wham cruel fate condemns to gang aboot their daily occupations wi' the haill contents o' Cupid's quiver stickin' i' their gebbies.
Ags. 1911  Rymour Club Misc. I. 54:
Playing with a Child — Broo brenty . . . Nose numpy, Chin chumpy, Gebby wurry, Gebby wurry . . . (Touching the parts indicated, then tickling the bosom, or “Gebby”). [Known to Fif.15 1918.]
Abd. 1922  Swatches o' Hamespun 66:
Lat me mak' some supper . . . Ma gebbie's gynauvin'.

3. The mouth of a bird or man (Per., Fif. 1954); the throat (Ags.18 1954). Hence gebbiefu', a mouthful. Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 84:
Fisher-Willie and the lairds . . . wash't their gebbies . . . In sparklin' jaws o' claret.
Clc. 1860  J. Crawford Doric Lays 126:
And while I can get ony moolin's or barley, Ye'll no want a gebbiefu', pretty Pease Charley.
Edb. 1881  W. Watt Sketches 7:
An' whenever they cheep oot wi' hunger or cauld, Robin stuffs their wee gebbs wi' a worm.
Slg. 1885  A. Murray Poems 92:
Save where th' farmer, cruel an' stern, Raises his gun, An' for a gebby-fou o' corn Wad shoot ye doon!

4. A (horn) spoon (Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 183, gaeppie, 1914 Angus Gl., gjebbi; Bnff.6 1916, gibbie; Abd. 1923 H. Beaton Back o' Benachie, App. 215; Ork. 1929 Marw., (horn-) gibby).

[Prob. a variant dim. form of Gab, n.1, 2.: cf. P.L.D. § 49. (1). Cf. also Gael. geuban, crop, gizzard. For I.Sc. forms s.v. 4., cf. Gep.]

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"Gebbie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/gebbie>

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