from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to draw in the parts of the body, especially with pain or cold
- v. to cower
- v. to contract, to pull in
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To crouch; squat; cower; stoop; nestle.
A word of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with hirple or Dutch hurken 'to squat', plus the suffix -le. (Wiktionary)