Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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AB, OB. (Only Ork.). [ab, ɔb]

1. n. An impediment or hindrance, objection. Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orc. Sk. Bk. 100:
Best baited heuks bit hide a wither An' hae what abs th'u may tae me, Tae t'ink ae t'ing an' say anither, O' that I'm seur I'm swaran' free.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
He has an ab in his speech.

2. v. To hinder. Ork. 1929 Marw.:
His lameness abed him much. Neither Edm. nor Jak. gives the word.

[Cf. Dan. happe, stammer, also hjappe; Norw. jabba, jappa or japla, to stammer, speak clumsily; Sw. happla, stutter (Falk and Torp); Du. haperen, stutter; Sc. habble, confuse; habber, stammer; Eng. hobble, walk or speak haltingly; Du. hobbelen, to stutter, to rock from side to side.]

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