Definition of streel in English:

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streel

Pronunciation: /striːl/
Irish

noun

A disreputable, untidy person, especially a woman: her daughter will not appear in St John’s looking like a streel

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
1Wander aimlessly: youngsters streeling through the house
More example sentences
  • She had earrings like chandeliers; and a yellow satin train that streeled after her like the tail of a cornet.
  • The group dumped their arms, and streeled back to their homes, though many of them never got that far, for the government seized thousands and clapped them into jail.
1.1 [with object] Trail or drag (something): children streeling bits of coloured cloth
More example sentences
  • On impulse, she tightly took hold of his forearm to streel him out of the school and onto the student veranda.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Irish s(t)raoill(e) 'untidy or awkward person'.

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