from The Century Dictionary.

  • Treble; triple; threefold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Prov. Eng. or Colloq. Triple; treble; threefold.

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  • adjective obsolete threefold
  • noun A set of oil drilling pipes having three joints


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  • Double and "thribble" bowls of punch were commonly served, holding respectively two and three quarts each, and many existing bills show what large amounts were drunk.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England Alice Morse Earle 1881

  • When you're going through Lister's little speech on what sorts of toast he doesn't want, and you've got the words "Rameses Niblick the 3rd, kerplunk, kerplunk, whoops! where's my thribble" in your head, it's time to admit you have a problem.

    April 23rd, 2004 2004

  • No sooner had we gained it than we were met by the company that were sent out to meet the troops, who informed us 5 they were just upon us and that we must retreat, as their number was more than thribble to ours.

    Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year 1923

  • As a result, most of the big oil men, especially those engaged in production, are graduates of the school of hard knocks; they are big-fisted, harsh-handed fellows who are as thoroughly at home on the "thribble board" of a derrick as at a desk or a directors 'table, and they are quite as colorful as the oil fields themselves.

    Flowing Gold Rex Ellingwood Beach 1913

  • 'The ones _I_ got are all right,' Jane said; 'I know they are, because the man at the shop said they were worth thribble the money --'

    The Phoenix and the Carpet 1891

  • 'Well!' he said, 'I suppose I must let you have it, but it's worth thribble the money, so it is --'

    The Story of the Amulet 1891

  • Didn't our land more'n thribble, from a dollar and a quarter?

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough 1890

  • Lors! it's a thribble letter for -- for Marian Mayfield!

    The Missing Bride Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth 1859

  • Shall we each have a room or must we double up or thribble -- "

    The Lilac Lady Ruth Alberta Brown

  • It may thribble again, time they're old as we are now. "

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough 1890


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  • In Elizibethian times, 'thribble' meant "to muddle through" - Carry on...

    November 5, 2015