Definition of pirlie in US English:

pirlie

noun

Scottish
  • In full "pirlie pig". A piggy bank.

Origin

Late 18th century. Probably from Older Scots pyrl to thrust or poke at + -y. In the compound pirlie pig the second element is pig [adjective]; in Older Scots pirrel pig occurs in the same sense; the compound thus probably originally alluded to poking or prodding coins out of a pot.

Pronunciation

pirlie

/ˈpəːli/