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From Irish straoille (“untidy person”).
streel (plural streels)
- A disreputable woman, a slut.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
- Cissy came up along the strand with the two twins and their ball with her hat anyhow on her to one side after her run and she did look a streel tugging the two kids along with the flimsy blouse she bought only a fortnight before like a rag on her back and bit of her petticoat hanging like a caricature.
streel (third-person singular simple present streels, present participle streeling, simple past and past participle streeled)
- (colloquial) To trail along; to saunter or be drawn along, carelessly, swaying in a kind of zigzag motion.
- 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair […], London: Bradbury and Evans […], published 1848, →OCLC:
- a yellow satin train that streeled after her like the tail of a comet
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