spartle

intransitive verb

spar·​tle
ˈspärtᵊl
-ed/-ing/-s
Scottish
: to kick about : sprawl

Word History

Etymology

Dutch spartelen, from Middle Dutch spartelen, spertelen, sportelen; akin to Middle Low German spartelen, sportelen, spertelen to sprawl, thrash about, Old High German sprazzalōn, Norwegian spratla to sprawl, thrash about, Old High German sprinzan to jump up

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“Spartle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spartle. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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