Definition of skirl in English:

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skirl

Pronunciation: /skərl/

noun

A shrill, wailing sound, especially that of bagpipes.
Example sentences
  • Not a car horn or police siren could be heard amid the skirl of the pipes of the annual Tartan Day celebrations.
  • Instead, with the skirl of the bagpipes and a thumping bass beat, on comes Flower of Scotland and we sing along as lustily as if we are at Murrayfield.
  • The melancholy skirl of the bagpipes echoing down a misty glen made my spine tingle with a strong sense of déjà-vu.

verb

[no object]
(Of bagpipes) make a shrill, wailing sound.
Example sentences
  • Call the number featured and a CD-rom will wing its way to you, no doubt with bagpipes skirling and free shortbread accompanying said disk.
  • Off I set with kilt swirling, pipes skirling and feather bonnet flowing in what little wind there was.
  • Ponting seems to suggest that he is a lone piper skirling on a distant hill.

Origin

Late Middle English (as a verb): probably of Scandinavian origin; ultimately imitative.

Words that rhyme with skirl

birl, burl, churl, curl, earl, Erle, furl, girl, herl, hurl, knurl, merle, pas seul, pearl, purl, Searle, squirl, swirl, twirl, whirl, whorl

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Syllabification: skirl

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