Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ignorant, unlearned; belonging to the laity.
  • n. Coarse woolen cloth; hence, coarse clothing; a garment.
  • n. A kind of light stuff, of silk and wool.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See borel, borel.

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Examples

  • Besides inspiring content from speakers, Mobile Monday Amsterdam provides an occasion to meet the people in the industry during the 'borrel' afterwards. "

    Mobile Cowboys

  • Steenie, ‘and tell them all I have seen last night, whilk are things fitter for them to judge of than a borrel man like me.’

    Redgauntlet

  • I question much if Catharine ever has such a moment to glance on earth and its inhabitants as might lead her to listen to a coarse ignorant borrel man like me.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • But what would the burning of a borrel ignorant burgess like me serve?

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • “I intend to delate mysell to the Presbytery, ” said Steenie, “and tell them all I have seen last night, whilk are things fitter for them to judge of than a borrel man like me.

    Wandering Willie’s Tale

  • “I intend to debate mysell to the Presbytery, ” said Steenie, “and tell them all I have seen last night, whilk are things fitter for them to judge of than a borrel man like me.

    Wandering Willie’s Tale

  • "I intend to debate mysell to the Presbytery," said Steenie, "and tell them all I have seen last night, whilk are things fitter for them to judge of than a borrel man like me."

    Stories by English Authors: Scotland (Selected by Scribners)

  • 'I intend to delate mysell to the Presbytery,' said Steenie, 'and tell them all I have seen last night, whilk are things fitter for them to judge of than a borrel man like me.'

    Redgauntlet

  • “Surely,” said Bailie Craigdallie, “it would be to no purpose to stir at court without Sir Patrick Charteris’s countenance: the ready answer would be, ‘Go to your provost, you borrel loons.’

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • But your honour is right; these minstrels are often jugglers, and possess the power of making their escape by means which borrel [Footnote: Unlearned.] folk like myself are disposed to attribute to necromancy.”

    Castle Dangerous

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  • "'Are you sure it is enough?' asked Jack. 'I am not one of your light-weights, you know, not one of your borrel shrimps; and it is a very small pill.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 270–271

    March 9, 2008