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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).

CAVEL, Kavel, Kevel, Kival, n.2 “An opprobrious designation, denoting a mean fellow” (Sc. 1808 Jam., kavel, kevel).Abd. 1925 Heir of Linne in Greig and Keith Last Leaves 212:
An' some bade gie that kival a drink, He wad never be heir o Linne.

Phrase: carle and cavel, see Carle, n.1, 1.

[O.Sc. cavell, a low or rough fellow. It may be same as Cavel,n.1, v.; cf. use of Stock = a man, in Mod.Sc. dial.]

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