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Etymology 1Edit


wurlie (comparative wurlier or more wurlie, superlative wurliest or most wurlie)

  1. (Scotland) Alternative spelling of wurly.
  2. (Scotland) gnarled, knotted; wizened, wrinkled.
    • [1825, John Jamieson, “Wurlie”, in Supplement to the Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: [] In Two Volumes, volume II (K–Z) (in English), Edinburgh: Printed at the University Press; for W[illiam] & C[harles] Tait, []; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, OCLC 863495133, page 700, column 2:
      Wurlie, [] 2. Rough, knotted; as, "a wurlie rung," a knotted stick, S. It is applied to a stick that is distorted, Lanarks. As this sense, however, is considerably remote from the other, the term may have had a different origin. 3. Wrinkled, applied to a person; as, a wurly body, Lanarks.]

Etymology 2Edit


wurlie (plural wurlies)

  1. Alternative spelling of wurley.
    • 1846, E. Lloyd, “Biographical Sketch”, in A Visit to the Antipodes: With Some Reminiscences of a Sojourn in Australia, London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill, OCLC 80380528, page 165:
      But latterly they came in good numbers, and commenced a nightly system of annoyance by dancing their corroberies: []. Finding remonstrance of no avail, one evening, when they were all seated quietly at the wurlie [footnote: Encampment.], I fired a charge of small shot into the midst of them, and retired to the hut: in the morning they had all disappeared.