birle

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See also: birlé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English birlen, from Old English byrelian (to give or serve a drink to), from byrele (cup-bearer, steward, butler), from Proto-Germanic *burilijaz (carrier, manservant), from *burjô (descendant, son), from Proto-Germanic *beraną (to bear, carry), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (to bear). Related to Old English byre (son, offspring, youth). More at bear.

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Verb[edit]

birle (third-person singular simple present birles, present participle birling, simple past and past participle birled)

  1. to pour a drink (for).
    • c.1882-1898, Francis James Child (collector and editor), Child's Ballads, Number 68: "Young Hunting",
      She has birld in him Young Hunting / The good ale and the beer, / Till he was as fou drunken / As any wild-wood steer.
  2. to drink deeply or excessively, carouse.
    • c.1882-1898, Francis James Child (collector and editor), Child's Ballads, Number 73: "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet",
      They birled, they birled at Annies wake / The white bread and the wine, / And ere the morn at that same time / At his they birled the same.

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Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

birle

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of birlar.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of birlar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of birlar.