Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
ARLE, ERL, ERRLE, v. [ɑrl Sc.; erl, ɛrl m.Sc., s.Sc., Uls.; ærl + jrl s.Sc.]
1. Engage for service or confirm a bargain by payment of a sum. Most common modern use of word.
Sc. 1704 Household Bk. Lady G. Baillie (S.H.S. 1911) 130:
To arle Margrat Robison — 10s. [Scots]. Sc. 1708 Caldwell Pap. (Maitl. 1854) I. 211:
She was recommended here by a physician, a very honest man . . . and I errled her. Fif. 1894 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin xxiii.:
As he sees his neebors ane after anither fee'd an' arled. Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch The Laird's Lykewake, etc. 81:
My furniture has grown sae much that I'll e'en need to gang An' arle, for comfort's sake, a big twa-room hoose richt or wrang. Arg. 1928 1 :
Ah wuz erld tae her. Rxb. 1868 D. Anderson Musings 6:
He held out the shilling to arle the bit wench, In case it should enter her noddle to flinch.
2. Secure a right to anything by some preliminary action or service.
Ags. 1894 A. Reid Sangs o' the Heatherland 67:
An' man an' maid, to arle rest, Join in a glad Amen! Hdg. 1908 J. Lumsden Doun i' th' Loudons, etc. 81:
My fortune's eithly spey'd — A sair-trasht plooman's wife, arled for the grave! Rnf. 1807 R. Tannahill Poems and Songs 154:
While there the heav'nly vow I got That erl'd her my own. Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch The Laird's Lykewake, etc. 15:
Few folks amang the leevin Had better richt to arle heaven.
3. Punish, thrash.
Bnff.(D) 1866 Gregor D.Bnff. 215:
Arle, v.a., to beat with severity. Bnff. 1932 2 :
If I hid a haud o' ye I'll arle yir riggin for that.
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