famble

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

famble (plural fambles)

  1. (obsolete, slang) A hand.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      We clap our fambles.
    • Georgette Heyer, The Quiet Gentleman
      A Bow Street Runner says "I knew a cove as talked the way you do – leastways, in the way of business I knew him! In fact, you remind me of him very strong [] He was on the dub-lay, and very clever with his fambles. He ended up in the Whit, o’ course."

Etymology 2[edit]

Old English falmelen

Verb[edit]

famble (third-person singular simple present fambles, present participle fambling, simple past and past participle fambled)

  1. (obsolete) To stammer.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Nares to this entry?)

Krio[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English fambly

Noun[edit]

famble

  1. A family.
    • 1995, Masée Touré, Bai Bureh's Countrymen[1], ISBN 0-85756-189-9, page 12:
      Pa Gasama spoke in Krio, a language that was common to all; 'Famble den who na kushe oh'.


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