Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Either of two Scottish kitchen implements made of wood; a flat one for turning oatcakes, or a stick for stirring porridge
- v. To spurt, spatter or sputter
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To spurt or shoot in a scattering manner.
“A spurtle is a wooden stick like tool which is able to get right into the corners of the pot, but doesn't resist its path through the porridge like a wooden spoon can.”
“Take a knife (a 'spurtle' is the proper utensil) in the right hand, and some Scotch, or coarse, oatmeal in the left hand, and sprinkle the meal in gradually, stirring it briskly all the time; if any lumps form draw them to the side of the pan and crush them out.”
“Ugly, old words like piggin and spurtle and keeler, which are all kitchen implements.”
“Truly, the voice of the spurtle is heard in the land.”
“Whether they are stirred in with a wooden spoon or, as Mitchell advises, with a spurtle or a gruel-tree Shetland usage is probably optional, but the addition of cream or milk – never sugar – completes a winter experience that can only be described as truly halesome.”
“One of the best things with which to stir the porridge is a spurtle.”
“Mix the oats, water and salt in a pot and cook for a while, stirring frequently with your spurtle.”
“This lady had leaped on his back and was beating him about the head with a spurtle, uttering shrieks of condemnation.”
“She skimmed the grey foam off the water with a spurtle she had whittled that afternoon out of a poplar limb for lack of the dogwood she needed to do the job right.”
“She laid down the porridge spurtle like a queen abdicating her sceptre.”
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