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JIBBLE, v., n. Also gibble (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 60), geeble. [′dʒɪbəl, ′dʒibəl]

I. v. 1. tr. To agitate a liquid, gen. so as to cause spilling (Ayr. 1825 Jam.; Ant. 1892 Ballymena Obs. (E.D.D.); ne.Sc., Ags., m.Lth., w. and sm.Sc., Uls. 1959). Also with oot, owre, up (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 60; n.Sc., m.Lth. 1959); intr. of a liquid: to spill itself in drops or small splashes. Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 60:
She wiz jist aible t' hairl the pail aifter hir, geeblin' an' spillin' the wattir a' the time.
Ayr. 1870  J. K. Hunter Life Studies 226:
A fu' cup . . . it's ill to carry: we're apt to jibble some o't by the way.
Ayr. 1928 4 :
Don't rin sae fast; ye're jibblin' a' the mulk.
Abd. 1938 1 :
Dinna showd that gait lassie, ye're junniein' the table an' the milk is jibblin owre the lip o' the basin.

2. To prepare (liquid) food in a careless, sloppy or messy manner; “used of cooking, with the idea of want of skill in the cook and disapprobation and contempt in the speaker” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 60).   Ib.:
She'll niver dee at a' for a wife, yon han'less tawpie; for, fin a geed in, she wiz geeblin' an' tryin' to mack chappit green kail, an' cudna dee't. The aul' bodie geebles on at (or wee) teh, an' never tacks a made-ready (cooked) diet.

3. To lose, to destroy (Ayr. 1825 Jam.).

II. n. 1. A splash, the splashing or lapping of a liquid in motion (ne.Sc., Ayr. 1959). Ayr. 1913  J. Service Memorables 72:
The sea was in a terrible jibble.

2. Fig.: a small quantity of any liquid or of half-liquid food, or drink (Bnff. 1880 Jam.; ne.Sc., Dmf. 1959). “The word contains the notion of contempt and dissatisfaction” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 60). Also dims. geeblick, -och, gibblich, -och (Ib., 61). Abd. 1826  Aberdeen Censor 134:
What would come o' my ten achisons ilka day, forbye the jibble o' drink, an' my place at Provost Leslie's?
Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 60:
She ga 'im a geeble o' soor milk till's brehd.
Ayr. 1913  J. Service Memorables 104:
His coat aye jawpit wi' drops an' jibbles o' drink.
Abd. 1916  G. Abel Wylins 28:
That lovin' faith'll aft dee mair Than pheesic jibbles can.
Abd. 1929 1 :
A gibble o' half caul' tay an' a jeely piece didna hertin them up muckle. There's a gibblich o' milk left in the jug.

[From Jib, v. + freq. suffix. -le. Cf. Jabble.]

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