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BUBBLY, Bibblie, adj. Sc. usages of Eng. bubbly.

1. “Snotty” (Sc. 1808 Jam.); dirty with mucus from the nose. Gen.Sc. n.Sc. 1898 E.D.D.:
He's a puir, sma-facet, bibblie bit bairnie, that.
ne.Sc. 1881 W. Gregor Folk-Lore of N.-E. Scot. 16:
Various members of the body were celebrated in the following way: — “This is the broo o' knowledge, This is the ee o' life, This is the bibblie gauger [nose], And this is the pen-knife.”
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
A bubbly nose or snoot; a bubbly bairn.

2. Tearful, blubbering, snivelling. Gen.Sc. Ags.(D) 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) xiv.:
“You're juist like a muckle bubbly laddie, Sandy,” says I.
Lnk. 1887 A. Wardrop Mid-Cauther Fair 217:
A bubbly whalp like Gawvin sittin' there that greets for naething.

3. Combs.: (1) bubbly-bark, “the bark of the elm tree; often chewed by children long ago” (Lnk.3 1936); (2) bubbly-cuffs, “one who wipes his snotty nose on the coat-sleeve. Frequently as a term of abuse” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); (3) bubbly-fisher, a fisher who has failed to catch any fish. (3) Bnff.2 1936:
I doot ye're a bubbly-fisher.

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"Bubbly adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Oct 2020 <>



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