hirsel

noun
hir·​sel
variants: or less commonly hirsle \ ˈhirsəl \
plural -s

Definition of hirsel 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 Scottish : a flock of sheep

2 Scottish : the land grazed by a flock of sheep like a poor lamb that has wandered from its own native hirsel— Sir Walter Scott

3 Scottish : a large number or quantity : multitude

variants: or less commonly hirsle \ " \
hirseled or hirselled also hirsled; hirseled or hirselled also hirsled; hirseling or hirselling also hirsling; hirsels also hirsles

Definition of hirsel (Entry 2 of 3)

Scottish

: to arrange in or as if in flocks

hirsel

verb
variants: or less commonly hirsle \ " \
hirseled or hirselled also hirsled; hirseled or hirselled also hirsled; hirseling or hirselling also hirsling; hirsels also hirsles

Definition of hirsel (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 Scottish : to move along a surface awkwardly : slither

2 Scottish : to move clumsily or with difficulty : scramble

3 Scottish : to move with a rustling or grating noise

transitive verb

Scottish : to cause to move awkwardly or with difficulty

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History and Etymology for hirsel

Noun

Middle English hirsill, from Old Norse hirzla, hirthsla safekeeping, custody, from hirtha to guard sheep, from hirthir shepherd

Verb

origin unknown

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