One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disreputable, untidy person, especially a woman.‘her daughter will not appear in St John's looking like a streel’
1no object, with adverbial of direction Wander aimlessly.‘youngsters streeling through the house’
wander, rove, ramble, meander, drift, maunderView synonyms
- ‘She had earrings like chandeliers; and a yellow satin train that streeled after her like the tail of a cornet.’
- ‘The group dumped their arms, and streeled back to their homes, though many of them never got that far, for the government seized thousands and clapped them into jail.’
- 1.1with object Trail or drag (something)‘children streeling bits of coloured cloth’
haul, pull, draw, tug, heave, trail, trawl, towView synonyms
- ‘On impulse, she tightly took hold of his forearm to streel him out of the school and onto the student veranda.’
Early 19th century: from Irish s(t)raoill(e) ‘untidy or awkward person’.
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