Meaning of purlicue in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpəːlɪkjuː/


  • 1Scottish rare, historical In the Presbyterian Churches: a recapitulation of sermons or addresses previously delivered. Also: an exhortation traditionally delivered at the close of a sermon. See also quot. 1825.

  • 2Scottish, British rare, dialect The space between a person's extended forefinger and thumb.


Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). Probably from Scots pirlie curly, twisted + a second element of uncertain origin, perhaps cue.