how to pronounce purl


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the above transcription of purl is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

purl is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of purl in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… purl knit knit purl purl purl Popo …”

meanings of purl


  1. Ale or beer spiced with wormwood or other bitter herbs, regarded as a tonic.
  2. A circle made by the motion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
  3. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band.
  4. A particular stitch in knitting; an inversion of stitches giving the work a ribbed or waved appearance.
  5. Hot beer mixed with gin, sugar, and spices.
  6. A gentle murmuring sound, such as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions.
  7. The edge of lace trimmed with loops.
  8. A tern.
  9. A heavy or headlong fall; an upset.


  1. An inverted stitch producing ribbing etc.
  2. To decorate with fringe or embroidered edge.
  3. To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle.
  4. To flow with a murmuring sound in swirls and eddies.
  5. To upset, to spin, capsize, fall heavily, fall headlong.

purl frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word purl occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics purl can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that purl can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

2) people, society, and culture;

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