Green’s Dictionary of Slang

famble n.

[? SE fumble]

1. (also fambler) a hand.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 87: There was a proud Patrico and a nosegent, he tooke his Jockam in his famble, and a wapping he went.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching A2: Fambles, hands.
[UK]Dekker Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: Which word Cheate, beeing coupled to other words, stands in verry good stead, and does excellent seruice: [...] Fambles are Hands and thereupon a Ring is called a Fambling chete.
[UK]Middleton & Dekker Roaring Girle V i: Cut benar whids, and hold your fambles and your stamps.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Beggar’s Bush II i: Thus we throw up our nab-cheats first, for joy, / And then our filches; last we clap our fambles.
[UK]Dekker Canting Song in Eng. Villainies (8th edn) O2: White thy Fambles, red thy Gan.
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
[Ire]Head Eng. Rogue I 49: Fambles, Hands.
[Ire] ‘The Rogues . . . praise of his Stroling Mort’ Head Canting Academy (1674) 19: [as cit. 1637].
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit 198: [as cit. 1637].
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 205: Fams, or Fambles, hands.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: fambles [...] the Hands are also called Fambles.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 17: Hands – Fambles.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[Scot](con. 18C) W. Scott Guy Mannering (1999) 149: If I had not helped you with these very fambles (holding up her hands) Jean Baillie would have frummagem’d you.
[UK] ‘The Song of the Young Prig’ in C. Hindley James Catnach (1878) 171: Fine draw a coat-tail sure I can’t, / So kiddy is my famble.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Scamps of London I iii: Good evening to you, Ned – give us your famble.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[Aus]Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 27: Fambles or Famms, the hands.
[Scot]A. McCormick Tinkler-Gypsies of Galloway 104: The following words appear to be still in use in one form or another amongst Galwegian tinkler-gypsies – Fambles (pronounced fammels) – Hands.
[UK]R. Milward Man-Eating Typewriter 44: The cheet [i.e. a dummy] was disgusting: dead opals, chattering fangs, googly gendarme goggles [...] black famblers.

2. (UK Und.) a ring.

[UK]T. Shadwell Squire of Alsatia II ii: You don’t know what a famble, a scout or a tatler is, you put!
J. Harper Frisky Moll’s Song 23: A Famble, a Tattle, and two Popps, / Had my Boman when he was ta’en.
[UK]Defoe Street Robberies Considered 32: Famble, Ring.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: fambles Rings.
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict. n.p.: Fammilies [sic] rings.

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