Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RAPPLE, v. Also raple, ropple.

1. To grow speedily and in a rank manner, to shoot up, orig. of vegetation, then of a young person growing rapidly (Lth.. Rxb. 1825 Jam., rapple, ropple, Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also in n.Eng. dial.

2. To work or make in a hurried, slovenly manner, esp. to stitch or mend a garment hurriedly and badly (Sc. 1818 Sawers; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., ropple). Also fig. n.Sc. 1825  Jam.:
One who spins fast and coarse, is said to rapple up the lint.
Fif. 1864  St Andrews Gazette (16 Jan.):
An' my dear gudewife, an' my bairns a' chime Wi' me when I raple a wee bit o' rhyme.
Fif. 1898  S. Tytler Mrs Carmichael's Goddesses xii.:
She began to mend the tears in her clothes a little less roughly than Bell “rappled” them up.

[Phs. freq. form of Eng. rap, to hasten, rush. Cf. Ger. dial. rappelen, rappen, Da. rappe, Sw. rappa, to make haste. Cf. also Rabble.]

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