Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DAIBLE, v. and n. [debl]

1. v. Sc. form of Eng. dabble, used with all Eng. meanings. Also used in Sc. to mean specifically: (1) To wash (something) perfunctorily (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1825 Jam.2, 1923 Watson W.-B.).

(2) “To go about in an inactive and feeble way; generally applied to children” (Slk. (Ettr. For.) 1825 Jam.2).

2. n.

(1) A slight washing (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.) Rxb. 1825  Jam.2:
The claise has gotten a bit daible.

(2) “One who dabbles in or potters with a subject or matter” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

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