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hirple Line breaks: hir¦ple
Pronunciation: /ˈhəːp(ə)l/

Definition of hirple in English:


[no object, with adverbial of direction] chiefly Scottish & Northern English
Walk with a limp; hobble: Donald hirpled out to greet him
More example sentences
  • Learning to walk again, hirpling on crutches and climbing up stairs with these supports were all experiences that initially filled him full of dread.
  • Chapman magazine, founded in 1970, is hirpling toward its 100th issue.
  • Many former players hirpling around with knackered knees and hips have reason to rue the indiscriminate use of drugs.


Late 15th century: of unknown origin.

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