- Scot a spinning top
C19: perhaps from peir a Scot variant of pear, alluding to the top's shape
- Orkney & Shetland dialect small
C19: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Norwegian dialect piren niggardly, thin
Examples from the Web for peerie
Do you remember how the child you once were sat in the brae, spinning the peerie, and hunkering at I-dree I-dree I droppit-it?
As it happened that year the peerie, or Indian summer, was of unusual length and beauty.Jan Vedder's Wife
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr