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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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"Arle v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jun 2019 <>



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