1 an unspecified number of people or things 16-.
2 strangers, non-Travellers: Stall, hantle binging! [Stop, strangers coming!] 20-. etymology: known in Scots since la14- ‘a considerable quantity’; and found in Shelta; also collected by EMcC/PS; attested by Galloway Tinkler-Gypsies and Perthshire and Argyleshire, Tinkler-Gypsies SR, BS in TDITA, JS, SS and BW note:
Form hantle attested by Canadian Paul Pope (2013) which he defines as ‘folk, people’.