Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tern or sea-swallow.
- See scur.
- v. intransitive To leave hastily; to flee, especially with a whirring sound
- v. transitive To search about in, scour
- v. to pass over quickly, skim
- n. UK, dialect A tern.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Archaic To ramble over in order to clear; to scour.
- v. Archaic To scour; to scud; to run.
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. A tern.
“October 12, 2008 4: 28 am well – skirr is well used in Scotland.”
“Also on the list is the word skirr, which means to go rapidly or fly.”
“A rattlesnake sounding its harsh "skirr" under the chair on which the stranger is sitting could not cause him to start up more abruptly than he does, when Borlasse says: --”
“It is apodeictic that, while perhaps obscure, words like "skirr" and "periapt" serve uniquely expressive purposes and cannot be subrogated by other, more commonplace words.”
“Poet Laureate Andrew Motion has adopted "skirr" and actor Stephen Fry is championing the survival of "fubsy.”
“Of course, hes also a ham, and likes to summon the skirr of the bagpipes with his accent at strategic social moments.”
“The old woman continued to muse aloud, a monotonous irritating sound, while Elizabeth thought concentratedly, startled once, when she heard the winding-engine chuff quickly, and the brakes skirr with a shriek.”
“Our left wing, when they occupied the hills, saw four or five hundred Turks 'skirr away' in one body, and the machine-gunners found a target.”
“Two minutes later another spark flashes out from the same spot, and a leaden messenger buries itself with a skirr and a thud, within ten yards of the little group of officers.”
“A pretty business this, it seemed to him: twenty miles back of beyond; horses sent on at random ahead; a gang of murderers in hiding above -- Matthews walked boldly along the precipice trail, saw the eagle below circling, still circling; heard a hawk skirr and scold from”
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fast flowing, rapid, confluent words
Noises. Animals. Noises made by animals.
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