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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CHABBLE, n. “Ruffling of the surface of water into small waves; used partly of any liquid in a tub or other receptacle, but chiefly of the sea — as in a tideway where the waves are short and quick” (Ork. 1929 Marw.; Cai.7 1939). Cf. Jabble. [tʃabl]Ib.:
There (there is) a filty chabble oot there in the flood the day.

[Prob. onomatopœic.]

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"Chabble n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 8 Feb 2023 <>



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