Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RIVVLE, n.2 A stout, thick-set person, a gnarled or nobbly object. Hence deriv. rivvely, rivvaly, thick-set, stout. Ork. 1929 Marw.:
A rivvle o' a staff, a rivvle o' a boy . . . a muckle rivvely chiel.

[Origin obscure.]

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