lirt

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lirten, lurten (to cheat), from Old English *lyrtan (found only in belyrtan (to deceive)), from Proto-Germanic *lurtijaną (to deceive), from Proto-Indo-European *lerd- (to bend, crook). Cognate with Scots lirt (to cheat, deceive, delude), Middle High German lürzen (to deceive), Middle High German lerz, lurz, lorz (left, left-handed), Old English lort, lyrt (crooked).

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Verb[edit]

lirt (third-person singular simple present lirts, present participle lirting, simple past and past participle lirted)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To deceive; beguile.
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal) To cheat; befool.
Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

lirt (plural lirts)

  1. (UK dialectal) Deception; guile.
  2. (UK dialectal) A cheat; a go-by.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin obscure. Perhaps alteration of lirk (to jerk).

Verb[edit]

lirt (third-person singular simple present lirts, present participle lirting, simple past and past participle lirted)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To toss.
  2. (intransitive, UK dialectal) To walk or move in a quick, lively, or pert manner.
  3. (intransitive, UK dialectal) To gambol; frisk.