adjective, a·bler, a·blest.
- ablative absolute,
- able rating,
- able seaman,
- able-bodied seaman,
Origin of able
Examples from the Web for abler
It was a question for wise men to think of, and for abler men than himself to discuss.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
The meeting of two such souls Donne describes as giving birth to an "abler soul."Woman in the Nineteenth Century|Margaret Fuller Ossoli
We are not abler than others whom you might find by the dozen in any civilised country.Freeland|Theodor Hertzka
I might well have desired that so weighty a task should have fallen into other and abler hands.
I do not attempt to describe them, as it has been often done by abler pens than mine.My Experiences in Manipur and the Naga Hills|James Johnstone
Word Origin for able
early 14c., from Old French (h)able (14c.), from Latin habilem, habilis "easily handled, apt," verbal adjective from habere "to hold" (see habit). "Easy to be held," hence "fit for a purpose." The silent h- was dropped in English and resisted academic attempts to restore it 16c.-17c., but some derivatives acquired it (e.g. habiliment, habilitate), via French.
Able-whackets - A popular sea-game with cards, in which the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors. [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]