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HIBERNIAN, adj., n. 1. (Of) a supporter of Hibernian Football Club in Edinburgh. Also in reduced forms Hibs, Hibee, Hibbie [′hɪbi, ′hɑɪbi] .Gsw. 1995 Big Issue 57 18-31 Aug:
... they'd have known that turning on Scotsport would have be[en] akin to watching a blue movie. (PS I'm a Hibbie)
Edb. 1997:
Ma son's a Hibbie.
m.Sc. 1997 The List (25 Jul-7 Aug) 95:
Boss Jim Duffy must pacify the dissatisfied Hibees, ...
Sc. 1999 Angus Calder in Moira Burgess and Donny O'Rourke New Writing Scotland 17: Friends and Kangaroos 17:
Hibees and Jambos raise their slurry chants
in West Port, in Bread Street
Sc. 2003 Edinburgh Evening News (11 Oct) 3:
"He was a Hibee through and through and his goalscoring record speaks for itself. ...
Sc. 2003 Scotsman (30 Oct) 18:
On hearing at the Holyrood inquiry that Leith was not a suitable site for the Parliament, Margo MacDonald piped up from the back: "It is if you’re a Hibbie."

2. Hibees, Hibernian football club.m.Sc. 1990 Stewart Conn in Joy Hendry Chapman 60 41:
... the Hi-Bees is down the drain, and see
the Jam-tarts, they've went aw squee-gee ...
Edb. 1995 Irvine Welsh Marabou Stork Nightmares (1996) 246:
We've got the Huns in the semi at Hampden, that's next week. A good night out, so get up for it. Hibees on a good run just now. I'm hoping we don't get any injuries or suspensions ...
m.Sc. 1996 Christopher Brookmyre Quite Ugly One Morning (1997) 67:
... she and Duncan usually did talk about the Hibees when they bumped into each other in the Barony ...
Sc. 2002 Evening Times (19 Aug) 54:
Danish pace ace triggers electric blue sparks as he shows the struggling Hibees a clean pair of heels

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"Hibernian adj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jul 2024 <>



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