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thirl

[thurl]
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

thirl1

verb
  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

thirl2

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

C16: variant of earlier thrill thrall
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