Definition of birl in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəːl/


Spin; whirl: [no object]: my dad would have birled in his grave at the very idea
More example sentences
  • The ball broke to him on the right of the box and he birled round in one motion to score with a fierce low shot into the opposite corner of Poom's goal.
  • Flower o’ Scotland was given the kind of revamp that must have had traditionalists birling, and it seemed to sum up everything that the national manager has been seeking from his players: all gusto and passion.
  • Genoa's most famous son must be birling in his grave.


A spin or whirl.
Example sentences
  • Local skaters recreate the spirit of the Far East, with lamp - rubbing, wish-making, fancy birls and more skidding than you might expect.
  • A house party, for example, would only be deemed a success when the ceilidh, with full live band in the bedroom, had aroused enough interest that the police were knocking on the door for a birl.


Early 18th century: imitative.

Words that rhyme with birl

burl, churl, curl, earl, Erle, furl, girl, herl, hurl, knurl, merle, pas seul, pearl, purl, Searle, skirl, squirl, swirl, twirl, whirl, whorl

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