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peerie1

noun
  1. Scot a spinning top
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps from peir a Scot variant of pear, alluding to the top's shape

peerie2

adjective
  1. Orkney & Shetland dialect small
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Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Norwegian dialect piren niggardly, thin
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Examples from the Web for peerie

Historical Examples

  • 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?

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, November 15, 1890

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  • As it happened that year the peerie, or Indian summer, was of unusual length and beauty.

    Jan Vedder's Wife

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr