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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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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]
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Skirl

 of pipers: company of bag-pipe players—Lipton, 1970.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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?"
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Translations

skirl

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

n the skirl of the bagpipesdas Pfeifen der Dudelsäcke
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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!
My passion for science and math was able to bloom because of their teaching skirls and the relationship they both built with me in class.