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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WHEEBER, v., n.1 Also wheebre, wheber; wheebert, whaubert, whawbert. [′ʍibər(t); ′ʍɑbərt]

I. v. 1. To whistle (Abd. 1921 T.S.D.C., wheber; Bnff., Abd., Per. 1974).Abd. 1905 E.D.D.:
Stop that wheebertin', laddie, till I hear what the wife says.
Kcd. 1934 Gibbon & MacDiarmid Sc. Scene 220:
He'd gant or wheeber out loud as he sat on a gate.

2. To walk with hurried, ungainly steps (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 209, wheebre), to scurry (Abd. 1974); with doon, ower: to dash (Gregor). Vbl.n., ppl.adj. wheebrin, -an, scurrying (Ib.).

3. To beat severely (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 209, wheebre). Vbl.n. wheebrin.

II. n. 1. A whistle (Per. 1974). Phr. haud your wheeber, be quiet (Kcd. 1949).Kcd. 1932 L. G. Gibbon Sunset Song 122:
Hold your damned wheeber, you'll need your breath for the bout.

Comb. ¶wheeber-wheet, a nonce form to represent some notes in the call of the curlew.Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Scots Sangs 31:
Curlew's wheep, wheeber-wheet, Maks me blythe an' cantie.

2. A blow (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 209, wheebre).

3. A lump (Ib.).

4. “A lean, tall, ungainly person” (Abd. 1905 E.D.D., wheebert, whawbert, whaubert; Bnff., Abd. c.1930); a person of disagreeable manners (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 209, wheebre, Bnff. c.1930).Abd. 1905 E.D.D.:
Yer brither's an ill-shaken up whaubert. He's a rough wheebert. What wheeber was that ye were laigin' wi'?

[Of freq. formation, imit. of a whistle. Cf. Wheeple. It is doubtful whether II. 4. is the same word though assimilated to it. There may be some conflation with Whaup, n.2, 2. (2).]

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