pirl

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The verb is from the 16th century. Origin uncertain; related to purl, pirn, prill (OED; more at pern, preen). The noun was derived from the verb in the 19th century.

Verb[edit]

pirl (third-person singular simple present pirls, present participle pirling, simple past and past participle pirled)

  1. (transitive) To twist or wind, especially into a cord or braid etc.
  2. (intransitive) To ripple or swirl, especially of water.
  3. (transitive) To cause to revolve or spin.

Noun[edit]

pirl (plural pirls)

  1. A ripple; a twist or curl.

Anagrams[edit]