One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A state of agitation or excitement; a fit of anger.
2Scottish. A gentle breeze; a light wind. Frequently with of.
nounIrish English, Scottish, Northern
1The common tern, Sterna hirundo. Also (Irish English (northern)): the cry of the tern.
2Irish English (northern). The black-headed gull, Larus ridibundus.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Mulcaster (?1532–1611), schoolmaster and author. Apparently a variant of pirrie<br>early 19th century. Apparently short for pirr maw.
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