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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DAUBLE, Daable, v.1 Sc. forms of Eng. dabble, to employ oneself in a dilettante way, to waste time, to potter about (Mry.1 1925; Bnff.2 1940). Cf. Daible, v. (2). [′dǫbəl, ′dɑbəl]Sc. 1748 J. Clerk Memoirs (S.H.S. 1892) 214:
If I had been living in London and near the Court, I should certainly have been daubling this way.
Abd.2 1940:
Yon mannie is a sloungin', eesless cratur, aye daablin' aboot, deein' naething.

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