Definition of hirple in English:



Northern English, Scottish
  • no object, with adverbial of direction Walk with a limp; hobble.

    ‘Donald hirpled out to greet him’
    • ‘He subsequently endured an endless winter hirpling from hospital ward to surgery room and X-ray department.’
    • ‘Chapman magazine, founded in 1970, is hirpling toward its 100th issue.’
    • ‘For the other point about skiers is that the blighters are always hirpling about on crutches.’
    • ‘Learning to walk again, hirpling on crutches and climbing up stairs with these supports were all experiences that initially filled him full of dread.’
    • ‘Many former players hirpling around with knackered knees and hips have reason to rue the indiscriminate use of drugs.’
    • ‘After returning to the UK he more or less hopped and hirpled his way home from the south of England to Lewis.’
    • ‘At the moment of his ultimate triumph, Stein left the bench in Lisbon, and he can be seen hirpling away to the dressing room.’
    totter, teeter, toddle, hobble, shuffle, shamble, falter, walk haltingly, walk with difficulty, move falteringly, stumble, stagger, sway, lurch, reel
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Late 15th century: of unknown origin.