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v. skirled, skirl·ing, skirls
To produce a high, shrill, wailing tone. Used of bagpipes.
To play (a piece) on bagpipes.
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)
1. (Music, other) dialect Scot and Northern English (esp of bagpipes) to emit a shrill sound
2. (Music, other) to play the bagpipes
3. (Music, other) the sound of bagpipes
4. a shrill sound
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; see shrill]
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]
Skirlof pipers: company of bag-pipe players—Lipton, 1970.
Past participle: skirled
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|Noun||1.||skirl - the sound of (the chanter of) a bagpipe|
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
|Verb||1.||skirl - make a shrill, wailing sound; "skirling bagpipes"|
|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?"