hurkle

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • hurple, hirple, hurtle

Etymology[edit]

A word of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with Scots hirple (to limp) or Dutch hurken (to squat), plus the suffix -le. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

hurkle (third-person singular simple present hurkles, present participle hurkling, simple past and past participle hurkled)

  1. (intransitive) to draw in the parts of the body, especially with pain or cold
  2. to cower
  3. (of the limbs) to contract, to pull in

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. May come from Old Norse, possibly related to Dutch hurken (to squat). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [hʌrkl], [hɪrkl]

Verb[edit]

hurkle (third-person singular present hurkles, present participle hurklin, past hurkled, past participle hurkled)

  1. to sit huddled in a crouched position either for warmth or secrecy, to draw oneself together like a crouching animal
  2. to walk with the body in a crouching position

Derived terms[edit]

  • hurklin (hunchbacked, misshapen)

Noun[edit]

hurkle (plural hurkles)

  1. (anatomy) the upper part of the thigh, the hip

Derived terms[edit]