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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pirl \Pirl\, v. t. [Cf. Purl.]

  1. To spin, as a top.

  2. To twist or twine, as hair in making fishing lines.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500 (implied in pirled) "to twist, wind" (thread, etc.), of unknown origin. Related: Pirling.


n. a ripple; a twist or curl vb. 1 to twist or wind, especially into a cord or braid etc. 2 to ripple, swirl, especially of water 3 (context transitive English) to cause to revolve or spin