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thirl

[thurl]
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verb (used with object) British Dialect.
  1. to pierce.
  2. to thrill.

Origin of thirl

before 1000; Middle English thirlen, Old English thyrlian, derivative of thyrel hole. See nostril
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British Dictionary definitions for thirl

thirl1

verb
  1. (tr) dialect
    1. to bore or drill
    2. to thrill

Word Origin

Old English thyrelian, from thyrel hole; see nostril

thirl2

verb
  1. (tr) mainly Scot to enslave; bind

Word Origin

C16: variant of earlier thrill thrall
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