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

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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“Hirsel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hirsel. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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