I say, ye auld deevil, skirl—skirl—louder—louder, woman; gar the gentles hear ye in the ha'.
Dancing was engaged in around the bonfire to the skirl of the philabeg.
It is impossible to describe the effect of the skirl of those pipes that day.
Then a skirl of laughter, the piercingness of which, near to, could only be guessed at.
The skirl of bagpipes shrilled from without—that exotic, half-barbarous sound now coming intimately into her life.
Cannot one hear the skirl of the pipes amid that din of cannon and musketry?
The Regiment moved on, and darkness fell as the skirl of the Irish pipes broke out, playing a marching tune.
For wi' the bang and the skirl the thing had clean disappeared.
The Highlanders stalk by to the skirl of bagpipes with their contingent of tall boys, the coming sons of Alma Mater.
He leaned from the window and the skirl of a police whistle split the stillness of the night.
"to make a shrill sound," mid-15c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skyrlaskrella "to shriek"), of imitative origin. In reference to bagpipes, it is attested by 1660s and now rarely used otherwise. As a noun 1510s from the verb.