thirl

thirl

[thurl]
verb (used with object) British Dialect.
1.
to pierce.
2.
to thrill.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English thirlen, Old English thyrlian, derivative of thyrel hole. See nostril

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thirl1 (θɜːl)
 
vb
dialect (tr)
 a.  to bore or drill
 b.  to thrill
 
[Old English thyrelian, from thyrel hole; see nostril]

thirl2 (θɪrl, θɜːl)
 
vb
chiefly (Scot) (tr) to enslave; bind
 
[C16: variant of earlier thrillthrall]

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