skirr
verb Etymology: perhaps alteration of 3scour Date: circa 1548 intransitive verb 1. to leave hastily ; flee <
birds skirred off from the bushes — D. H. Lawrence
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2. to run, fly, sail, or move along rapidly transitive verb 1. to search about in <
skirr the country round — Shakespeare
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2. to pass rapidly over ; skim

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Skirr — Skirr, v. t. [Cf. {Scur}, {Scurry}.] To ramble over in order to clear; to scour. [Archaic] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skirr — Skirr, v. i. To scour; to scud; to run. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skirr — Skirr, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A tern. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skirr — [skʉr] vi. [of echoic orig.] to move, run, fly, etc. swiftly and, occas., with a whirring sound vt. 1. to cover in searching; scour 2. to throw and cause to skim n. a whirring sound …   English World dictionary

  • skirr — /skerr/, v.i. 1. to go rapidly; fly; scurry. v.t. 2. to go rapidly over. n. 3. a grating or whirring sound. [1540 50; var. of SCOUR2] * * * …   Universalium

  • skirr — [skə:] verb rare move rapidly, especially with a whirring sound. Origin C16: perh. related to scour1 or scour2 …   English new terms dictionary

  • skirr — [[t]skɜr[/t]] v. i. 1) to go rapidly; fly; scurry 2) to go rapidly over 3) a grating or whirring sound • Etymology: 1540–50; var. of scour II …   From formal English to slang

  • skirr — /skɜ/ (say sker) verb (i) 1. to go rapidly; fly; scurry. 2. to go rapidly over. –noun 3. a grating or whirring sound. {imitative} …   Australian English dictionary

  • skirr —   v.i. move, fly etc. rapidly; v.t. archaic, traverse rapidly; scour …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • skirr — v.intr. move rapidly esp. with a whirring sound. Etymology: perh. rel. to SCOUR(1) or SCOUR(2) …   Useful english dictionary

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