hirple

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

A word of unknown origin, first recorded in Scots sources from the late fifteenth century; but probably from Old Norse herpast (to suffer from cramp) the middle voice verb. Compare the Icelandic herpa (to contract, to draw together).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

hirple (third-person singular simple present hirples, present participle hirpling, simple past and past participle hirpled)

  1. (intransitive, Scotland, northern UK) to walk with a limp, to drag a limb, to walk lamely; to move with a gait somewhere between walking and crawling.

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from Old Norse.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

tae hirple (third-person singular simple present hirples, present participle hirplin, simple past hirpelt, past participle hirpelt)

  1. to limp, hobble
  2. to cripple or hamper some venture or project

NounEdit

hirple (plural hirples)

  1. a limp

Derived termsEdit

  • hirplock
  • hirpler
Last modified on 16 December 2013, at 08:57