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furtle (plural furtles)

  1. (chiefly UK) A cursory examination of the contents or details of something.
    • 2005, Chloe Richards, Oops!, →ISBN, p. 226 (Google preview):
      Then he looked back at his glossy, had a furtle with something in his pocket, and then looked back at me.
    • 2008, Iain M. Banks, Matter, →ISBN, ch. 8 (Google preview):
      “Let me just have a quick furtle.” He dug his hand elbow-deep into the bag.
    • 2010, Stanley Challenger Graham, Stanley's View, Volume 6, →ISBN, (Google preview):
      It was so unusual that I went for another furtle in the 1881 census to find her family.


furtle (third-person singular simple present furtles, present participle furtling, simple past and past participle furtled)

  1. (chiefly UK, intransitive) To gently delve; to probe or rummage tentatively.
    • 2005, Carole Matthews, You Drive Me Crazy, →ISBN, (Google preview):
      A burly mechanic wheeled in a bright yellow battery charger on a trolley, furtled under the bonnet and gave the car the full benefit of its volts.
    • 2008, Peter Helton, Rainstone Fall, →ISBN, (Google preview):
      Needham was already half-heartedly furtling about in the kitchen, opening cupboards without bothering to search them, letting his left hand trail over objects as though he was thinking with his fleshy fingers
    • 2011, Mark R. Faulkner, Flux, →ISBN, p. 4 (Google preview):
      Furtling amongst the loose change and accumulated junk, he finally found what he was looking for.