scopperil

noun scop·per·il \ˈskäpərə̇l\

Definition of scopperil

plural

-s

  1. 1 dialectal, chiefly England :  a spinning top

  2. 2 dialectal, chiefly England :  a restless active creature

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Origin and Etymology of scopperil

Middle English scoprelle, scoperelle, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Icelandic skopparakringla top (toy), skoppa to run, jump, spin, Old Swedish skuppa, skoppa to run, jump; perhaps akin to Old English scūfan, scēofan to shove


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