DSL - SND1   BLAB,  BLEB , BLABE, BLEIB, Bleeb, v.1, n.2 [blab, bleb,  bleb , bl@ib Sc.; bl&epsilonrtail;ib, blib,  bleb  Rxb.]     1. v.
    (1) To cause the face to swell with weeping. Now obs. in St.Eng., only Eng. quot. 1601 (N.E.D.).
    *Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 149:
    A Dutchess on her Velvet Couch reclin'd Blabs her fair Cheeks till she is almost blind.

    (2) To besmear, beslobber (with dirt, food, etc.); to besprinkle (e.g. with dew).  
    *Sc. 1808 Jam. s.v. blob:
    We still say that clothes are blabbed or  bleb bed, when stained with grease' or any thing that injures them.  
    *Abd.2 1934:
    Noo ye maunna  bleb  an' blad that braw peenie ye've gotten on.
    *Ags. 1879 T. Ormond in A. L. Fenton Forfar Poets 141:
    Her Sunday goun below the chin Was blabbed an' bleared wi' toddy, O.
    *Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake, etc. 177:
    O wildly there the blue-bells hang Their cups a' blabb'd wi' dew.

    2. n.
    (1) A drop of moisture, a bubble, a blot. N.E.D. gives blab, a bubble, as obs. except dial.
    *Sc. 1808 Jam. s.v. blob:
    A blab of ink.
    *Bch. 1924 J. Wight in Scots Mag. (Oct.) 59:
    Porridge, which throws up ``blabs'' or bubbles, which burst and emit steam.
    *Ags. 1894 A. Reid Sangs o' the Heatherland 20:
    O flow'ret, bloomin' a' alane, Wi' een sae fu' o' bleibs o' dew.
    *Per. 1895 R. Ford Tayside Songs 13:
    You've seen the summer mornin', lads, Come lauchin' ower the lea' An' lichtin' up the blabs o' dew In ilk wee gowan's e'e.
    *Rnf. 1836 R. Allan Poems and Songs 15:
    An' whan at morn the blabs o' dew Clear as the siller hang.
 
    (2) A blister. N.E.D. gives blab, a blister, as obs. except dial., and  bleb , a blister or small swelling, in use up till 1876. Of  bleb , small blister, Un. Eng. Dict. says ``rare.''
    *Sc. 1808 Jam.:
    Bleib. A pustule, a blister. ``A burnt bleib,'' a blister caused by burning.
    *Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
    Blabe (n., nw.). A blister; a pustule. +Bleeb (n., w.). Also bleib (ne., s.). A blister on the skin, as by burning.
    *Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
    Blab. A raised blister.

    (3) ``Bag of a honey bee'' (Bnff.7 1920).
    *Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
    A bee's blab, the little bag of honey within the body of a bee.

    (4) In pl.: a rash.
    *Lth., *Border 1808 Jam.:
    Bleibs. An eruption to which children are subject, in which the spots appear larger than in the measles.

    (5) A blow.
    *Mry.4 1935:
    I'll gie ye a blab on the mouth.

    [Imitative in origin. Cogn. with O.E. blwan, to blow, hence to swell up, etc.]