birse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Scots birse (bristle, hair).

Noun[edit]

birse (plural birses)

  1. (Scotland) bristle

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

birse (plural birses)

  1. bristle, hair
  2. sheaf, plume (of bristles)
  3. beard
  4. anger, temper
Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

tae birse (third-person singular simple present birses, present participle birsin, simple past birsed, past participle birsed)

  1. to put a bristle on
  2. to flare up, get angry
Derived terms[edit]
  • birsie (bristly, hairy; hot-tempered, passionate; of the weather: keen, sharp; difficult)
  • birsed-ends (a shoemaker's thread)

Etymology 2[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

birse (plural birses)

  1. (medicine) bruise
  2. pressure

Verb[edit]

tae birse (third-person singular simple present birses, present participle birsin, simple past birsed, past participle birsed)

  1. to bruise
  2. to push, press, squeeze
Derived terms[edit]