Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To carry away or about; carry; move.
  • v. To drive away.
  • v. To have sexual intercourse, to copulate.
  • v. To rouse; raise up.
  • v. To move quickly; go off or fly out suddenly; turn out.
  • n. A stroke; lash.
  • n. A freak; trick; quirk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A freak; trick; quirk.
  • intransitive v. To fly out; to turn out; to go off.
  • transitive v. To beat; to strike; to chastise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To carry away or about; carry; move.
  • To drive away.
  • To beat; drub; trounce.
  • To rouse; raise up.
  • To move quickly; go off or fly out suddenly: sometimes used reflexively.
  • n. A stroke; a lash.
  • n. A freak; a trick.

Etymologies

From Middle English firken, ferken ("to proceed, hasten"), from Old English fercian ("to bring, assist, support, carry, conduct, convey, proceed"); perhaps akin to Old English faran ("to fare, go"), English fare. Cognate with Old High German fuora ("benefit, sustenance, support"), Swabian fergen, ferken ("to bring, dispatch"). (Wiktionary)
Frobably an alteration of freak. (Wiktionary)

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  • Remorse for his delinquencies was to be excited only by sympathy; so that whenever it became necessary to make a bloody example, my seat of vengeance was firked most unmercifully.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 5 ch. 1

    September 19, 2008

  • No firkin way!

    September 24, 2007

  • Fantastic! From Henry V.

    September 24, 2007

  • v. t. 1. To beat; to strike; to chastise.
    "I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him."-Shakespeare.

    v. i. 1.To fly out; to turn out; to go off.
    "A wench is a rare bait, with which a man
    No sooner's taken but he straight firks mad." -B.Jonson.

    n. 1. A freak; trick; quirk.

    September 24, 2007