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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KNIBBLE, adj. Also knible. Active, agile, quick, nimble (Abd.11 1910). [knɪbl]Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 67:
The knible Elves about her ate ding-dang, Syne to the play they up, and danc'd and flang.

[Prob. a conflation of Gnib + Kibble.]

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"Knibble adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jun 2024 <>



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