Words and Phrases
hirple

“hirple”

Meaning:

hobble; walk painfully or with a limp

In Literature:

Excerpt from The Legend of Stumpie's Brae by Cecil Frances Alexander

Quo’ she, ‘Gude man, an’ it’s o’er the linn,
and it’s up to the meadow ridge’ -
‘Aye’, quo’ the Stumpie, hirplin’ in.
And he gie’d the wife a slap on the chin,
‘But I cam’ roun’ by the bridge’.

Excerpt from Address to a Cricket by Sarah Leech

You cheer my heart wi’ hamely strain,
or shrill toned chirple,
as cozie roun’ the warm hearth-stane,
you nightly hirple

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