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verb (used with object) British Dialect.
  1. to pierce.
  2. to thrill.
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Origin of thirl

before 1000; Middle English thirlen, Old English thyrlian, derivative of thyrel hole. See nostril
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Examples from the Web for thirled

Historical Examples

  • They might be incomers, but they were thirled to Gillesbeg all the same, as I found later on.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • Thurlestone takes its name from a 'thirled' or pierced rock, on the shore through which the waves have drilled an arch.

British Dictionary definitions for thirled


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

Old English thyrelian, from thyrel hole; see nostril


  1. (tr) mainly Scot to enslave; bind
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Word Origin

C16: variant of earlier thrill thrall
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