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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).

YABLE, adj. Also yeable, yib(b)le. Sc. forms of Eng. able (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.: Slk. 1899 C. M. Thomson Drummeldale 87, yibble; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai; Rxb. 1968 Hawick Express (17 April), yibble; Bwk., Rxb. 1974). Compar. yibler (Rxb. 1913 Kelso Chronicle (7 Jan.) 4). See P.L.D. §§ 74.1., 97.4. [jebl, jɪbl]Sc. 1711 Speech for Mr Dundasse 5:
I have, as weell as I am yable, collected the sense of the Inglis laws.
s.Sc. 1857 H. S. Riddell Psalms xxi. 11:
Ane mischeevous contræivence whilk thaye werna yeable til carryie throwe.
Wgt. 1880 G. Fraser Lowland Lore 172:
A' that I hae been yable to mak' oot.
Hdg. 1903 J. Lumsden Toorle 197:
But, can ye stack? And can ye saw? An's yable for the Pheerin'?

Hence adv. gen. yeables, yibbles. adv., possibly, maybe, perhaps (Lth., s.Sc. 1908 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).Rxb. 1868 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 16:
There yeables nane where we're gaun.
s.Sc. 1962 Southern Annual 6:
We'll away oot and stert. It'll yibbles fair.

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"Yable adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Aug 2022 <>



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