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pirl

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EtymologyEdit

The verb is from the 16th century. Origin uncertain; related to purl, pirn, prill (OED; more at pern, preen). The noun was derived from the verb in the 19th century.

VerbEdit

pirl (third-person singular simple present pirls, present participle pirling, simple past and past participle pirled)

  1. (transitive) To twist or wind, especially into a cord or braid etc.
  2. (intransitive) To ripple or swirl, especially of water.
  3. (transitive) To cause to revolve or spin.

NounEdit

pirl (plural pirls)

  1. A ripple; a twist or curl.