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  • v. to scatter, disperse

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To scatter; to disperse; to rout.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See sparple.


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From Old French esparpiller ("to scatter").



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  • "The sealers, uncertain of their direction, had to feel their way forward with their dogwood gaffs like blind men, crunching the snow with the cleats of their sparbles."

    —David Macfarlane, The Danger Tree, 71

    "Sparable, also sparble. Headless nail; sparrowbill. A short nail or cleat, used to stud heel and sole of a boot to prevent slipping on the ice; hobnail; chisel, froster."

    Dictionary of Newfoundland English, 508

    May 6, 2008

  • Sparble means to scatter. The one time I heard it, it was in the context of houses being "sparbled around."

    April 20, 2007

  • nice - even if it sounds more like a gait - just a bit faster than a shamble, perhaps?

    April 20, 2007

  • Quite a word!

    April 20, 2007

  • I have been LOOKING for this word for ~ a year. I heard some old-timer use it last spring, but I misheard it as scarble. reid_burkland, you made my day!!!!

    April 20, 2007