Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SIRPLE, v., n. [sɪrpl]
I. v. tr., intr. with at, and absol. To sip slowly, to drink in small frequent draughts, tipple (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Edb. 1900; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; s.Sc. 1970). Also in n.Eng. dial. Vbl.n. sirpling, a little drink, a sip.
Sc. 1740 Scots Mag. (Oct.) 462:
And troth I think it is nae faut To sirple aff a glass or twa. Edb. 1813 “Edinias” Ramble to Roslin 10:
He sirpl'd an' souked, but wha kens how muckle? Slk. 1818 Hogg Tales (1837) I. 280:
I took a sirpling of rum-brandy. Ags. 1896 Arbroath Guide (14 March) 3:
Sirple, sirplin' at the broo. Slk. 1913 H.J.C. Clippings from Clayboddie (1921) 66:
Whenever it [calf] doesn't take its milk with a relish, but stands and sirples and bites at the edge of the pail. Rxb. 1958 :
A child wishing to stay up instead of going to bed would sirple at his cocoa.
II. n. A sip, small drink, mouthful, esp. of liquor (Sc. 1880 Jam.).
s.Sc. 1839 Wilson's Tales of the Borders V. 96:
Though a wee sirple o't [tea] may do brawly when the sap's scarce. Lnk. 1853 W. Watson Poems (1877) 124:
We whiles wad shake hauns o'er a sirple o' yon. Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xx.:
My faither an' me had a wee sirple also. Ayr. 1892 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 187:
To hand a sirple O' the gude gear to her gudeman.
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