stupid, awkward, clumsy ...1847 Eng. dial.
from dorbel (a scholastic pedant, a dolt) from the English form of Dorbellus (i.e. Nicholas de Orbellis (died 1475), a professor of Scholastic Philosophy at Poitiers, and a vehement supporter of Duns Scotus) + -ish
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1847 - DORBELISH. Very clumsy. Linc.
From: A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century
- James Orchard Halliwell
"...They got farish-on and then turned up dorbelish..."
From: Provincial Words and Expressions Current in Lincolnshire
- J. Ellett Brogden, 1866