Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
ABLE, YIBBLE, adj. [ebl Sc., jɪ̢bl s.Sc.]
1. Obs. in sense of well-to-do, rich. Occurs in Godlie Ballads (S.T.S.) 130.Abd. 1826 in G. Humbert Literarische Einfiüsse in Schottischen Volksballaden (1932) 78:
He wishes the whole of the work however large or expensive, as he is an able man.
2. Substantial. Mry. 4 1932:
Speaking of the strongest part, or the part for getting the best leverage for a sail on the boat, as the "ablest" part.Per. 1766 R. Nicol Poems 120:
An able house well thatch'd aboon.
3. Physically fit, strong; having an appetite for (I. and n.Sc., Per., wm.Sc. 1975). Gen.Sc. (obs. in St. Eng. See N.E.D.).Abd.2 1931:
The aul man's nae sa able as he aince wis.Abd. 1970:
I was sick aa mornin and nae able for my denner.Rxb. 1915 Kelso Chronicle (16 April) 3:
He feers that mony yible chaps Obey not duty's ca'.Uls.3 1931:
A big able fellow (well set-up, hefty).
4. Shrewd, cute, clever in looking after one's own interests.Cai.6 1931:
Jock wis an able lad or he wid never hev got roon e factor is e did.Uls.3 1931.
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