skirl

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally Scots and Northern English dialects, probably of Old Norse origin; ultimately imitative.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

skirl (third-person singular simple present skirls, present participle skirling, simple past and past participle skirled)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) To make a shrill sound, as of bagpipes.
    • 1985: Drums began to thump in a variety of rhythms. The flautists were not sure what to play. The shawm began to skirl. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked

Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

tae skirl (third-person singular simple present skirls, present participle skirlin, simple past skirlt, past participle skirlt)

  1. to make a shrill sound, as of bagpipes
  2. to scream
  3. to shriek
  4. to laugh shrilly

Noun[edit]

skirl (plural skirls)

  1. shrill, piercing noise
  2. scream, screech