verb (used with object) British Dialect.

to pierce.
to thrill.

Origin of thirl

before 1000; Middle English thirlen, Old English thyrlian, derivative of thyrel hole. See nostril Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thirled

Historical Examples of thirled

  • 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




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

Word Origin for thirl

Old English thyrelian, from thyrel hole; see nostril




(tr) mainly Scot to enslave; bind

Word Origin for thirl

C16: variant of earlier thrill thrall
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