skirl


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skirl

 (skûrl)
v. skirled, skirl·ing, skirls
v.intr.
To produce a high, shrill, wailing tone. Used of bagpipes.
v.tr.
To play (a piece) on bagpipes.
n.
1. The shrill sound made by the chanter pipe of bagpipes.
2. A shrill wailing sound: "The skirl of a police whistle split the stillness" (Sax Rohmer).

[Middle English skrillen, skirlen, probably of Scandinavian origin.]

skirl

(skɜːl; Scottish skɪrl)
vb (intr)
1. (Music, other) dialect Scot and Northern English (esp of bagpipes) to emit a shrill sound
2. (Music, other) to play the bagpipes
n
3. (Music, other) the sound of bagpipes
4. a shrill sound
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; see shrill]

skirl

(skɜrl)

v.i.
1. to play the bagpipe.
n.
2. the sound of a bagpipe.
[1350–1400; Middle English scirlen,skrillen (v.), perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian skrella boom, crash]

Skirl

 of pipers: company of bag-pipe players—Lipton, 1970.

skirl


Past participle: skirled
Gerund: skirling

Imperative
skirl
skirl
Present
I skirl
you skirl
he/she/it skirls
we skirl
you skirl
they skirl
Preterite
I skirled
you skirled
he/she/it skirled
we skirled
you skirled
they skirled
Present Continuous
I am skirling
you are skirling
he/she/it is skirling
we are skirling
you are skirling
they are skirling
Present Perfect
I have skirled
you have skirled
he/she/it has skirled
we have skirled
you have skirled
they have skirled
Past Continuous
I was skirling
you were skirling
he/she/it was skirling
we were skirling
you were skirling
they were skirling
Past Perfect
I had skirled
you had skirled
he/she/it had skirled
we had skirled
you had skirled
they had skirled
Future
I will skirl
you will skirl
he/she/it will skirl
we will skirl
you will skirl
they will skirl
Future Perfect
I will have skirled
you will have skirled
he/she/it will have skirled
we will have skirled
you will have skirled
they will have skirled
Future Continuous
I will be skirling
you will be skirling
he/she/it will be skirling
we will be skirling
you will be skirling
they will be skirling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been skirling
you have been skirling
he/she/it has been skirling
we have been skirling
you have been skirling
they have been skirling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been skirling
you will have been skirling
he/she/it will have been skirling
we will have been skirling
you will have been skirling
they will have been skirling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been skirling
you had been skirling
he/she/it had been skirling
we had been skirling
you had been skirling
they had been skirling
Conditional
I would skirl
you would skirl
he/she/it would skirl
we would skirl
you would skirl
they would skirl
Past Conditional
I would have skirled
you would have skirled
he/she/it would have skirled
we would have skirled
you would have skirled
they would have skirled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skirl - the sound of (the chanter of) a bagpipe
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
Verb1.skirl - make a shrill, wailing sound; "skirling bagpipes"
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
2.skirl - play the bagpipes
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
play - perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"
Translations

skirl

[skɜːl] N (Scot) the skirl of the pipesel son or la música de la gaita

skirl

n the skirl of the bagpipesdas Pfeifen der Dudelsäcke
References in classic literature ?
He makes 'em skirl like a good one," cried Will from the box, eager to air the accomplishments of his race.
ye'll find Miss Blanche a bit baulder than to skirl at a flash o' lightning, that gait
The skirl of the pipes may sound wonderful in the hands of experts but it's a notoriously difficult instrument to learn.
Dubai: To the skirl of bagpipes, Bill Duff, the man who many believed was instrumental in building Dubai, was laid to rest yesterday at Christ Church in Jebel Ali.
My caterwauling cat I HAVE every respect for those who take an obvious delight in playing the bagpipes, kettles and big bass drums and those who enjoy and applaud the skirl, rattle and thud.
Sir Richard Branson wore a kilt and flew into Edinburgh to the skirl of bagpipes this week for the launch of Little Red, Virgin Atlantic's first domestic service.
LEOMINSTER - The skirl of a bagpipe announced the ceremonial entrance of the haggis and the start of the Scots Highland Pipes and Drums celebration of Robert Burns Night Saturday evening.
A SWIRL of kilts, a skirl of the bagpipes and its "Geordie the brave.
CRYPTIC ACROSS: 1, March 6, Sa-uc-y 9, H-old-all 10, Salad 11, Oakum 12, R-asps 13, Tenniel 15, Les 17, Onus 18, Refuse 19, Cited 20, Credit 22, Sit-e 24, Has(-ten) 25, Pu-M-pkin 26, GI-V-ES 27, Skirl 28, Ming-y 29, Alas-Kan.
The music will be appropriate Scottish folk and the skirl of the bagpipes.
The main character is a thirteen-year-old boy called Kim who, after his mother's death, is brought to live in her ancestral home of Skirl.
Attendees included representatives of the provincial, federal, regional and municipal governments and six members of the Lincoln Militia, piped in with the skirl of the bagpipes.