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skirl

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Pronunciation: /skəːl
 
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Definition of skirl in English:

noun

A shrill, wailing sound, especially that of bagpipes: we heard a skirl of the pipes
More 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

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(Of bagpipes) produce a shrill, wailing sound: the pipes skirled and moaned down the street (as noun skirling) the skirling of the Breton bagpipes
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  • 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.

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