One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounEnglish Regional, North Midland, Scottish, Northern
A small stream or watercourse; a brook; a runnel; (occasionally) a trickle of liquid.
verbEnglish Regional, Scottish, North
no object Of a stream, etc.: to flow gently; to trickle.
Old English; earliest use found in The Vespasian Psalter. Probably a merging of two distinct but closely related Germanic base forms: (i) Old English rinnelle (weak feminine) stream, brook from an ablaut variant ( e -grade) of the Germanic base of run + the Germanic base of -el; and (ii) Old English rynele (weak feminine) stream, brook, and rynel (strong masculine) stream, brook, also runner, messenger, both from an ablaut variant (zero-grade) of the Germanic base of run + the Germanic base of -el<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Brierley (1825–1896), writer. From rindle.
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