thirl

[thurl]

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

thirl

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

Word Origin for thirl

Old English thyrelian, from thyrel hole; see nostril

thirl

2
verb
  1. (tr) mainly Scot to enslave; bind

Word Origin for thirl

C16: variant of earlier thrill thrall
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