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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Horribill, Horrible, a. Also: horribille, -bile, -byle, horibill, horrybill, -byll; horrabill, -byll, horrable, -ebble. [ME. horrible (c 1386), earlier orrible, orryble (1303), OF. orr-, horrible, L. horribilis.] Causing or inspiring horror; dreadful or frightful to see, hear, feel, or experience.(1) c1400 Troy-bk. i. 455.
Scho wald horrible erding ger be
1456 Hay I. 57/32.
The noys rais … sa hydously that it was horrible to here
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1144.
The horrible panes & tormentis of hell
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 513 (R).
The horrible sterne dedis of Marte
1537 Lynd. Depl. Magd. 183.
All mon passe be that horrible port
1596 Dalr. I. 86/2.
The mair horrible places of the realme
(b) 1513 Doug. iii. iv. 32.
With horribill dyn and beir … the harpeis on vs fell
Ib. xiii. ii. 74.
Be all ways noysum … And all that horribill was
1567 G. Ball. 233.
That day sall horribill be and eik terribill
a1578 Pitsc. I. 66/27.
This tyme thair fell ane horribill cace to Johnne Camproun, bischope of Glasgow
(c) c1450 Cr. Deyng 2.
Sen … dede semys … rycht horreble to mony men
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1416.
The thounder raif the cluddis … with horrabyll sound
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxi. 69 (B).
Quhair ȝoulis ar hard with horreble stevin
1596 Dalr. I. 277/8.
The Peychtis, authoris of this horrable slauchtir
(2) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 774.
Than … askit he Quhar-for his birth wes … Sa foule, and sa horribyle
1513 Doug. iii. x. 6.
A monstre horribyll, Wanting hys syght
Ib. x. 44.
Ane horribil sort [viz. the Cyclopes], with mony camscho beik
1535 Stewart 673.
That horribill edder with vipros invie
1560 Rolland Seven S. 9790.
That man to me ȝe bring. How horribill or vgsum that he be
(b) 1456 Hay I. 21/4.
Efter that tromp come to Sanct Johne ane othir visioun right mervailous and horrible
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 311/12.
[Nimrod] biggit this hie, horrible, & strang towre
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lx. 26.
Ewill horrible monsteris
1513 Doug. i. v. 120 (Sm.).
The horrible tirrant with bludy mouth sall bray
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxx. 26 (B).
He sall ascend as ane horreble grephoun
1596 Dalr. II. 4/27.
This horrable and woundirfull armie
(3) 1456 Hay I. 101/35.
The horrible syn aganis nature
1562-3 Winȝet II. 28/2.
The horrible cryme of a changeit fayth
1591 Conv. Burghs I. 367.
The horrable and schamfull offence committit be Johne Alexander

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