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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).

Ridable, Rydable, -abell, adj. [Ride v. In this sense appar. only Sc. till 1709. Cf. e.m.E. rideable (once, in Cotgrave (1611)), glossing F. chevauchable.] That can be ridden through or over. — 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 296.
I resolve … to lie on the brink on my side, till the water fall and the ford be ridable
1649 Dingwall Presb. 152.
The way … not rydable
1659 Lamont Diary 118.
Few were abell to come … because the waters were not rydabell
1696 Glasgow Chart. II 265 (see Ride v. 8 (2)).

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