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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).

ABLE, adv. Also a(i)ble. Variant form of Aibles, perhaps. See note s.v.Rnf. 1805 G. McIndoe Poems 147:
A shilling, aible aughteen-pence.
Dmf. 1822 Letters T. Carlyle to his Brother (Marrs 1968) 115:
Farries might able gang awa' whanever his cairt was ready.
Peb. 1838 W. Welsh Poems 56:
I think I'll aible gang to Heaven.
Bwk. 1900 A.T.G. Ann. Thornlea 14, 49:
Your Kirk-Session will abil pay the piper. . . . “Abil,” Robert said, “ye maun attacked it tae the ooter yett.”

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"Able adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 8 Aug 2022 <>



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