Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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REEBLE, n., v. Also ribble, reibble. Altered forms of Raible, n., v.

I. n. 1. An incoherent discourse, careless rapid speech (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 137).

2. Hurried, careless work (Ib.); one who works carelessly and hurriedly (Ib.).

3. “A ruinous mass” (Ib.).

II. v. 1. To reel off in a hurried, expressionless manner (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 137). Sc. 1872  E. B. Ramsay Reminiscences 34:
He ribbled aff the prayers like a man at the heid o' a regiment.
Mry. 1872  W. H. Tester Poems 157:
I'll neither rhyme nor reibble mair.

2. To work in a hasty careless manner, to do things in a slap-dash way; to build up or throw down hurriedly (Gregor); to spoil through inefficient handling.

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