Origin: < ? Scand, as in Norw purla, to ripple
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: earlier pirl, prob. < the n.
Origin: earlier pyrle < a Romance source as in It (Venetian) pirlo, a joining of warp and woof by twisting together the threads < echoic base *pirl, to twirl
See purl in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intransitive verb purled, purl·ing, purls
Origin: Probably of Scandinavian origin.
also pearlverb purled also pearled, purl·ing also pearl·ing, purls also pearls verb, transitive
Origin: Origin unknown.
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