AskDefine | Define skirl

Dictionary Definition

skirl n : the sound of (the chanter of) a bagpipe

Verb

1 make a shrill, wailing sound; "skirling bagpipes"
2 play the bagpipes

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Originally and Northern English dialects, probably of origin; ultimately imitative.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. 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

Scots

Verb

  1. To make a shrill sound, as of bagpipes.

Extensive Definition

Skirl may refer to:
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