Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

HABBER, v., n. Also hubber (Sh., ne.Sc.).

I. v. 1. To stammer, to stutter (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Sh., ne.Sc., Ags. 1956); to talk continuously and boringly. Hence habberer, stammerer, chatterbox. Abd. 1913  G. Greig Mains Again 37:
Nae mair o' your impidence here — ye ill-fashioned habberer!
Kcb. 1933  “L. G. Gibbon” Cloud Howe 63:
He habbered from nine until loosening-time, near, some story about some minister.
Bch. 1946  J. C. Milne Orra Loon 12:
A hubberin' halflin in fite moleskin breeks.

2. “To snarl, to gnurr” (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.); to make an inarticulate sound, to gobble as of turkeys (Abd. 1956). Abd. 1903  W. Watson Auld Lang Syne 104:
The turkeys . . . seemed to reciprocate my kind wishes by “hubberin'” back in my face.

II. n. 1. A stammer, a stutter (Abd.27 1920; Sh., ne.Sc., Ags. 1956). Bnff. 1933  M. Symon Deveron Days 15:
“Please, sir” (a habber an' a hoast), — “Please, sir” (a gasp, a gulp, Syne wi' a rush) “Please-sir-can-we-win-oot-to-droon-a-fulp?”

2. One who stutters or speaks thickly, hence applied to a stupid person (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 225).

3. A snarl, or growl; “the act of snarling or growling like a dog” (Abd. 1825 Jam.); a gobble, of a turkey (Abd. 1956). Bch. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 12:
Fell death had come to see them An' gi'en a habber, Wi' solemn air.

III. Combs.: 1. habbercock, a source of annoyance, a variant of 4. For the sense-development see under Bubbly-jock; ¶2. happer-gallicks, v., to speak the Gaelic tongue; a nonce-formation in quasi-Highland Scots from Habber + Gaelic; 3. habbergaw, (1) n., hesitation, suspense, objection (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.); (2) v., to stumble, hesitate (in reading); to make objections (Kcb.4 1900). Cf. Hammergaw; 4. habberjock, a turkey-cock (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 72; Ags. 1956); also used fig. of a big, stupid person who speaks thickly (Gregor). 1. Bnff. 1930 2 :
Weel, weel, we maun jist thole; a' body hiz their habbercock.
2. Sc. 1787  W. Taylor Poems 127:
Fan Tonnal cou'd te Latin speak As weel as happer-gallicks.
3. Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 99:
[He] habbergaws at every word; — Ca'd Ackaswarus exe an' swird.

[Origin imit. Cf. also Habble.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Habber v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 11 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/habber>

12015

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: