from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scorch or toast, as before a fire: as, to birsle one's self or one's shanks before the fire.
  • To parch or broil: as, to birsle peas or potatoes.


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  • It was his Royal Highness who suggested the luxury of butter with the fish, and who made a quite original cake by mixing the brains of a cow with some meal, giving orders to 'birsle the bannock weel, or it would not do at all.'

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  • Almost as fun as arsle.

    December 19, 2008

  • v. to scorch or toast thoroughly

    October 23, 2008