firk

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English[edit]

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English firken, ferken ‎(to proceed, hasten), from Old English fercian ‎(to bring, assist, support, carry, conduct, convey, proceed); perhaps akin to Old English faran ‎(to fare, go), English fare; if so, equivalent to fare +‎ -k. Cognate with Old High German fuora ‎(benefit, sustenance, support), Swabian fergen, ferken ‎(to bring, dispatch).

Verb[edit]

firk ‎(third-person singular simple present firks, present participle firking, simple past and past participle firked)

  1. (transitive) To carry away or about; carry; move.
  2. (transitive) To drive away.
    I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him. - Shakespeare The Life of Henry the Fifth: IV, iv
  3. (transitive) To rouse; raise up.
  4. (intransitive) To move quickly; go off or fly out suddenly; turn out.
    • Ben Jonson
      A wench is a rare bait, with which a man / No sooner's taken but he straight firks mad.

Noun[edit]

firk ‎(plural firks)

  1. A stroke; lash.

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably an alteration of freak.

Noun[edit]

firk ‎(plural firks)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A freak; trick; quirk.
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