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hirsel

noun hir·sel
variants: or less commonly hirsle \ˈhirsəl\

Definition of hirsel

plural -s
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

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Origin and Etymology of hirsel

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


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hirsel

transitive verb
variants: or less commonly hirsle \"\

Definition of hirsel

hirseled or hirselled also hirsled; hirseled or hirselled also hirsled; hirseling or hirselling also hirsling; hirsels also hirsles
Scottish
: to arrange in or as if in flocks

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hirsel

verb
variants: or less commonly hirsle \"\

Definition of hirsel

hirseled or hirselled also hirsled; hirseled or hirselled also hirsled; hirseling or hirselling also hirsling; hirsels also hirsles
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

Origin and Etymology of hirsel

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