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
- n. A shrill cry or sound.
- v. To utter in a shrill tone; to scream.
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
The "skirl" of the nighthawk ceases; but away through the woods, down at the creek, the whippoorwill begins her oft-repeated trinity of notes.
He screwed the pipes and gart them skirl,Till roof and rafters a' did dirl.
Alan Donaldson Scottish woodcock, bread sauce and woodcock giblets on toast; When you tell a resident of Edinburgh that there are three one-star Michelin restaurants in the town's old port of Leith, you are usually met with the sort of astonished look reserved for someone who claims to adore the skirl of bagpipes last thing at night, or insists that he craves the Scottish chip-shop delicacy, the battered, deep-fried Mars Bar.
After lunch Dad would gather everybody on the foredeck and we'd skirl a couple of tunes and Dad would give a little pitch.
The skirl of “whee-eech” came more and more frequently as the dancers twirled faster and faster.
Then the sound of the fiddlers, and accordions with the skirl of the pipes worked their magic, and Rob turned back to the serious business of having a ball.
If I'd been in Scotland I would have gone up into the mountains and let the wild pipes skirl out the raw sorrow, as they always had in turbulent history.
The petrels breed in tiny chinks between the stones of the broch and from its curving wall comes the sort of squeaky skirl that the stones themselves would make if they could rub together.
Iffn ai neber eber gitz anoffer ded bird, skirl bebe or chippymonk awn mae bak step ai will die hapyhapyhapy!
Yu are uneek and irreplaysable and I hail yu wif a skirl of bagpipe mewsik!
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.