1. a blackbird ...1804
2. the windpipe ...1867 Eng. dial.
1. of smoke: to trickle, to move slowly ...1883 US rare
2. to wheeze ...Bk1905 Eng. dial.
3. to ooze ...Bk1905 Eng. dial.
4. to move slowly or lazily ...1934 Aust. & NZ
for vb. - from ooze (vb. to emit or give out slowly or gradually) + -le
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1804 - see EXAMPLE below
"...The Bird soon brought, the Stranger ey'd it,
And then exclaim'd, Old Nick betide it;
"What have we here? By Heav'ns, a Grouse;
"Why, Sir, I would not give a louse,
."For twenty such, and for this reason.
"BLACK GAME is now quite out of Season."
Quoth Reynard, "'tis a Cock believe me."
"A Cock! A Grouse, you can't deceive me;-
"A little short-beak'd heath-bred Oozle,
"A Cock indeed, - a flat Bamboozle!
"To see the diff'rence needs no skill, -
"If 'tis a Cock, pray where's his Bill?
"His fine long Bill? - Here's no such thing!
"So, Master Fox, 'tis all a fling!.."
From: Scripscrapologia: Or, Collins's Doggerel Dish of All Sorts. Consisting of Songs Adapted to Familiar Tunes
- John Collins
The Fox and His Guest