to annoy by saying unpleasant things (dialect)
also GAAYBY, GABBEY, GABEY, GAIBIE, GAUBY,
GAWBY, GAUVEY, GOBBY, GOOBY, GORBY
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originally in northern and midland dialects; of unknown etymology;
some have suggested a connection with gape (cf. Iceland gapi ‘rash, reckless person’);
but the dialect forms hardly favour this
1796 - Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, Edition 3;
"Gabey, a foolish fellow"
From: Peter Simple
By the Author of "Newton Foster" (Frederick Marryat), Volume II, 1834
Chapter XV: O'Brien's good advice - Captain Kearney again deals in the marvellous.