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Etymology 1Edit

Possibly related to fumble.


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 2Edit

Old English falmelen


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?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for famble in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




English fambly



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