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PEEBLE, n., v. Also †peebel (Rs. 1781 W. MacGill Old Ross-shire (1909) 394). Adj. peebly (Edb. 1771 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 5; Sc. 1815 A. Pennecuik Tweeddale 45). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. pebble (Sc. 1725 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 218; Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 82; Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 258; ne.Sc., Slk. 1965). [′pibəl]

I. n. 1. A semi-precious stone, gen. agate or rock-crystal, found in relatively large numbers in streams and rocks in Scot., and freq. set in silver to make a distinctively Scottish type of jewellery (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Combs. peeble-stane, Scots peeble, id. Freq. used attrib. Fif. 1710  R. Sibbald Hist. Fife (1803) 140:
Some of these peebles are of a clear and white perspicuous colour, some are like agates.
Abd. 1750  Aberdeen Jnl. (13 March):
Bristol and Peeble set Breast and Shirt Buttons.
Abd. 1762  Ib. (19 April):
There was lost in this Town, a whitish Peeble-Stone, having cut thereon the Coat of Arms of Sir Archibald Grant.
Sc. 1764  Caled. Mercury (22 Dec.) 618:
A Scots peeble in the form of a heart, a gold ring, with a peeble set in it.
Edb. 1798  Edb. Weekly Jnl. (30 May) 169:
Two gold mounted Cairngorum Seals — three ditto ditto oval Peeble Seals — four ditto ditto Peeble Pyramid Seals — fourteen Plain Peeble Seals, with gold swivels.
Mry. 1825  T. D. Lauder Lochandhu Intro. iv.:
Ane o' yere horn mulls, wi' a wee bit silver, and a Scots peeble on the tap o't.
Abd. 1851  W. Anderson Rhymes 91:
A cappie fu' o' peeble stanes.
Sc. 1958  Maxwell & Hutchison Sc. Costume 167:
There was a great vogue for “Scotch pebbles” in the middle of the nineteenth century, especially when Queen Victoria showed interest in them.

2. A small glass marble, gen. greenish in colour (Abd. 1910). From its resemblance to 1. above. Abd. 1958  Abd. Press & Jnl. (22 Sept.):
Bools, played round the lamp-post, with rosies, and peebles and picks.

II. v. To pelt with pebbles, stone. This usage may have been derived by Scott from Ben Jonson. Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary xviii.:
Having pebbled the priest pretty handsomely, they drove him out of the parish.
Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian iv.:
When we had a king, and a chancellor, and parliament-men o' our ain, we could aye peeble them wi' stanes when they werena gude bairns.

[O.Sc. peeble, 1683. The phonology of the form is obscure, showing one of the many variants, as pibbil, puble, found in Mid.Eng. < O.E. papol-, popel-stan. The Sc. form suggests Early Mid.Eng. *pibel.]

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