Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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EARL, v. To engage for service by payment of a sum; fig., to pledge. See also Arle, v., id. Rnf. 1806  R. Tannahill Poems (1815) 163:
The heav'nly vow I got, That earl'd her my own.
Lnk. 1881  A. Wardrop J. Mathison's Courtship, etc. 80:
Wha ance unconsciously were earled In some drink den.

Vbl.n. earlin', a pledge, the giving of Arles (Lnk. 1808 W. Watson Poems 67); see also Arling.

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