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See also: bőrrel
- (obsolete) Coarse woollen cloth; hence, coarse clothing; a garment.
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “(please specify the story)”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: […] [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868:
- This is to seye, if I be gay, sire shrewe,
- I wol renne out, my borel for to shewe.
- A kind of light stuff, of silk and wool.
borrel (plural borrels)
Probably from borrel.
- (obsolete) ignorant, unlearned; belonging to the laity, a mean fellow.
- 1579, Immeritô [pseudonym; Edmund Spenser], The Shepheardes Calender: […], London: […] Hugh Singleton, […], OCLC 606515406; republished as The Shepheardes Calender […], London: […] Iohn Wolfe for Iohn Harrison the yonger, […], 1586, OCLC 837880809:
- Siker thou speak'st like a lewd sorrel,
- Of heaven, to deemen so:
- Howbe I am but rude and borrel,
- Yet nearer ways I know.
- But sires, by cause I am a burel man,
- At my my bigynnyng first I yow biseche,
- Have me excused of my rude speche.
- Religioun hath take up al the corn
- Of tredyng, and we borel men been shrympes.
- a shot of an alcoholic drink such as rum or gin; a tot
- an informal, often impromptu reception or meetup, typically involving alcoholic drinks