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Definition of "purl" [purl]

  • To flow or ripple with a murmuring sound. (verb-intransitive)
  • The sound made by rippling water. (noun)
  • To knit (yarn) with a purl stitch. (verb-transitive)
  • To edge or finish (a handkerchief, for example) with lace or embroidery. (verb-transitive)
  • To do knitting with a purl stitch. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "purl" in a sentence
  • "Turn the work downwards (that is, the purl stitch must be turned downwards), make 4 times 2 double, 1 purl, 1 purled stitch: this is the straight row between 2 outer scallops of the lace."
  • "Oh honey, when you knit, it's "purl" not something you'd find in a oyster."
  • "Maybe it wasn't a 'purl' of wisdom, but my wife and I had a good laugh - because she was feeling exactly the same way with a 'secret' dress she was knitting."