Birl
Birl Birl, v. t. & i. To revolve or cause to revolve; to spin. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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  • Birl — Birl, v. t. & i. [AS. byrlian. [root]92.] To pour (beer or wine); to ply with drink; to drink; to carouse. [Obs. or Dial.] Skelton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • birl — birl; birl·er; …   English syllables

  • birl — [bʉrl] vt., vi. [earlier pirl, to spin, ? echoic, after WHIRL, PURL1] 1. Scot. to spin with a whirring sound ☆ 2. to revolve (a floating log) by treading …   English World dictionary

  • birl — [[t]bɜrl[/t]] v. t. 1) dial. to cause (a floating log) to rotate rapidly by treading upon it 2) brit. Brit. to spin • Etymology: 1715–25 birl′er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • birl — I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English byrelian; probably akin to Old English beran to carry more at bear Date: circa 1585 chiefly Scottish carouse II. verb Etymology: perhaps imitative Date: 1724 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • birl — birler, n. /berrl/, v.t. 1. Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause (a floating log) to rotate rapidly by treading upon it. 2. Brit. to spin or cause to rotate. v.i. 3. Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause a floating log to rotate rapidly… …   Universalium

  • birl — 1. verb a) To cause a floating log to rotate by treading on it. [ …   Wiktionary

  • birl — Scottish Vernacular Dictionary verb: to twirl or spin, particularly to the point of dizziness Example: The wean wis birlin roon an roon oan the swivel chair, but she startit tae boak. Ma heid s birlin wi aw this information fae this new Glossary …   English dialects glossary

  • birl — n See burl …   Contemporary slang

  • birl — n. (British Slang) assay, attempt; gamble; buzzing noise; murmuring sound, hum v. spin or rotate with the feet a floating log by running in place on its exposed side; cause to spin; (British Slang) spend money without limits; (British Slang)… …   English contemporary dictionary

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