A word of unknown origin, first recorded in Scots sources from the late fifteenth century; but probably from Old Norse herpast (“to suffer from cramp”) the middle voice verb. Compare the Icelandic herpa (“to contract, to draw together”).
- (intransitive, Scotland, northern Britain) to walk with a limp, to drag a limb, to walk lamely; to move with a gait somewhere between walking and crawling.
Probably from Old Norse.
hirple (plural hirples)
- a limp