aiblins

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From able +‎ -lings.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

aiblins (not comparable)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Perhaps, maybe. [Early 17th century.][1]
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, II.1:
      ‘I'll no say but she may aiblins hae been his honour's Squire Thorncliff's in her day–but she's mine now.’

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 5

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

able +‎ -lins

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈeblɪnz], [ˈjɛblɪnz], [ˈjɪblɪnz]

Adverb[edit]

aiblins (not comparable)

  1. perhaps