- A particular stitch in knitting.
- the edge of lace trimmed with loops
- To decorate with fringe or embroidered edge
- Needlework purled with gold.
- (knitting) an inverted stitch producing ribbing etc
- Knit one, purl two.
NounPurl (plural Purls)
- a heavy or headlong fall, an upset
- (archaic) to upset, to spin, capsize, fall heavily, fall headlong
- the huntsman was purled from his horse.
- (intransitive) to flow with murmuring sound in swirls and eddies
- (archaic) formerly ale spiced with wormwood and sometimes warmed.
- A double mug of purle. (The Spectator No. 88.)
adjoin, babble, befringe, bind, border, bound, bubble, burble, eddy, edge, enframe, frame, fringe, guggle, gurge, gurgle, gyrate, gyre, hem, lap, line, list, march, marge, margin, marginate, pirouette, plash, purfle, reel, rim, ripple, set off, side, skirt, slosh, spin, splash, swash, swirl, swish, trill, trim, twirl, verge, wash, whirl, whirligig, whirlpool, whorl
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)l
Etymology uncertain; apparently related to Scots and dialect pirl ("twist, ripple, whirl, spin"), and possibly to Older Scots pyrl ("thrust or poke at"). Compare Venetian pirlo an embellishment where the woven threads are twisted together. May be unrelated to purfle, though the meanings are similar.
Possibly from pearl like appearance of due to bubbles on surface of liquid.