transitive verb-·fled, -·fling
- 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.
Origin of purfleMiddle English purfilen from Old French porfiler from Vulgar Latin prōfīlāre Latin prō- forth ; see pro- 1. Latin fīlum thread ; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present purfles, present participle purfling, simple past and past participle purfled)