I. verb Etymology: Middle English (Scots) skrillen, skirlen to scream, shriek, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect skræla to cry aloud; akin to Old English scrallettan to resound loudly Date: circa 1665 intransitive verb of a bagpipe to emit the high shrill tone of the chanter; also to give forth music transitive verb to play (music) on the bagpipe II. noun Date: 1856 a high shrill sound produced by the chanter of a bagpipe

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  • Skirl — may refer to:*Skirl (1999), a CD by Jim Pugliese and David Watson *skirl of pipers, collective noun *Skirl Records, an American record label, focusing on improvised music, run by the artists. Started in 2006 …   Wikipedia

  • skirl — [ skɜrl ] verb intransitive SCOTTISH to make a high sound ╾ skirl noun singular: the skirl of bagpipes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Skirl — Skirl, v. t. & i. [Of Scand. origin, and originally the same word as E. shrill.] To utter in a shrill tone; to scream. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skirl — Skirl, n. A shrill cry or sound. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skirl — c.1400, to make a shrill sound, from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Norw. skyrla, skrella to shriek ), of imitative origin. In reference to bagpipes, it is attested by 1660s and now rarely used otherwise …   Etymology dictionary

  • skirl — ► NOUN ▪ a shrill sound, especially that of bagpipes. ► VERB ▪ (of bagpipes) make such a sound. ORIGIN probably Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

  • skirl — [skʉrl] vt., vi. [ME (northern) skrille, skyrle, prob. < Scand, as in Norw dial. skrylla, to scream: for IE base see SHRILL] Scot. to sound out in shrill, piercing tones, as a bagpipe does n. a shrill sound, as of a bagpipe …   English World dictionary

  • skirl — UK [skɜː(r)l] / US [skɜrl] verb [intransitive] Word forms skirl : present tense I/you/we/they skirl he/she/it skirls present participle skirling past tense skirled past participle skirled Scottish to make a high sound Derived word: skirl UK / US… …   English dictionary

  • skirl — verb /skɜːl/ 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 …   Wiktionary

  • skirl — verb (I) to make a high sharp sound: A seagull skirled overhead. skirl noun (singular) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • skirl — n. & v. n. the shrill sound characteristic of bagpipes. v.intr. make a skirl. Etymology: prob. Scand.: ult. imit …   Useful english dictionary

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