Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Scots law, a tract of land the tenants of which were bound to bring all their grain to a certain mill: same as sucken.
  • To pierce; bore; perforate; drill.
  • To produce, as a hole, by piercing, boring, or drilling.
  • Figuratively, to penetrate; pierce, as with some keen emotion; especially, to wound.
  • To cause to vibrate, quiver, or tingle; thrill.
  • To make a hole, as by piercing or boring.
  • To vibrate; quiver; tingle; thrill.
  • In coal-mining, to cut away the last web of coal separating two headings or other workings.
  • To thrall, bind, or subject; especially, to bind or astrict by the terms of a lease or otherwise: as, lands thirled to a particular mill. See thirlage.
  • noun A hole; an opening; a place of entrance, as a door or a window.
  • noun In coal-mining, a short passage cut for ventilation between two headings; a cross-hole. Also thirling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Obs. or Prov. To bore; to drill or thrill. See thrill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic or dialectal A hole, aperture, especially a nostril.
  • verb To pierce, perforate, penetrate.
  • verb obsolete To drill or bore.
  • verb obsolete To throw (a projectile).

Etymologies

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From Middle English thirl, thiril, from Old English þyrel ("a hole made through anything, opening, aperture, orifice, perforation"), from Proto-Germanic *þurhilan (“hole, opening”), equivalent to through +‎ -le. Related to thrill, drill.

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From Middle English thirlen, thurlen, thorlen, from Old English þyrlian, þyrelian ("to make a hole through, pierce through, perforate; make hollow, excavate; make vain"), from the noun (see above).

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Origin uncertain. Perhaps a blend of throw and hurl.

Examples

Comments

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  • 1. to pierce or 2. to thrill.

    February 16, 2007

  • Man, what great double meaning! I only wish the word were more impressive,

    February 16, 2007

  • True, Abraxas. It is rather unassuming.

    February 16, 2007

  • "The term Thirl originated from the feudal past when a thirl was a body servant, retainer or vassal to a noble or chief." - Wikipedia.

    December 19, 2007

  • I wonder if they were surly thirls.

    December 19, 2007

  • Indeed, the pages of feudal history are littered with peasants who were strong, had marvellous teeth, wore dresses, didn't smile, indulged in Morris dancing and had hair not straight.

    They were burly, pearly, girly, surly, whirly, curly thirls.

    And stop calling me _____.

    December 19, 2007

  • Were they always on time?

    December 19, 2007

  • So thirls were held in thrall?

    December 19, 2007

  • Go on reesetee, I know something's coming :-7

    December 19, 2007

  • Oh, nothing. I just thought maybe some of the more conscientious ones were early thirls.

    December 19, 2007