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hirsel

noun hir·sel \ˈhirsəl\
variants: less commonly

hirsle

\ˈhirsəl\

Definition of hirsel

plural

-s

  1. 1 Scottish :  a flock of sheep

  2. 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. 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 — more at herd


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hirsel

transitive verb hir·sel \"\
variants: 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

  1. :  to arrange in or as if in flocks

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hirsel

verb hir·sel \"\
variants: less commonly

hirsle

\"\

Definition of hirsel

hirseled

or

hirselled

also

hirsled

;

hirseled

or

hirselled

also

hirsled

;

hirseling

or

hirselling

also

hirsling

;

hirsels

also

hirsles

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 Scottish :  to move along a surface awkwardly :  slither

  3. 2 Scottish :  to move clumsily or with difficulty :  scramble

  4. 3 Scottish :  to move with a rustling or grating noise

  5. transitive verb
  6. Scottish :  to cause to move awkwardly or with difficulty

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Origin and Etymology of hirsel

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