- to decorate the border of
- to adorn or edge with metallic thread, beads, lace, etc.
Origin of purfleMiddle English purfilen ; from Middle French pourfiler ; from pour, for (; from Classical Latin pro: see pro) + fil, thread: see file
an ornamental border or trimming, as the inlaid border of a violin
transitive verbpur·fled, pur·fling, pur·fles
To finish or decorate the border or edge of.
An ornamental border or edging.
Origin of purfleMiddle English purfilen, from Old French porfiler, from Vulgar Latin *pr&omacron;f&imacron;lare : Latin pr&omacron;-, forth; see pro–1 + Latin f&imacron;lum, thread; see gwh&imacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present purfles, present participle purfling, simple past and past participle purfled)