from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To produce a high, shrill, wailing tone. Used of bagpipes.
- transitive v. To play (a piece) on bagpipes.
- n. The shrill sound made by the chanter pipe of bagpipes.
- n. A shrill wailing sound: "The skirl of a police whistle split the stillness” ( Sax Rohmer).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make a shrill sound, as of bagpipes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To utter in a shrill tone; to scream.
- n. A shrill cry or sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Scotch form of shirl for shrill.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the sound of (the chanter of) a bagpipe
- v. make a shrill, wailing sound
- v. play the bagpipes
Middle English skrillen, skirlen, probably of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally Scots and Northern English dialects, probably of Old Norse origin; ultimately imitative. (Wiktionary)