- the act of shrieking.
Origin of skirling
- to play the bagpipe.
- Scot. and North England. to shriek.
- the sound of a bagpipe.
- Scot. and North England. any shrill sound.
Origin of skirl
Examples from the Web for skirling
He did not imagine he would hear these skirling pipers again.Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK
November 11, 2013
Very faint, from far in the distance, there is heard a skirling sound.The Mob (Third Series Plays)
She played absent-mindedly, her fingers skipping and skirling on the notes.The Black Opal
Katharine Susannah Prichard
Police whistles were skirling around the house of Huang Chow.Tales of Chinatown
Scarlett came in a moment after and sniffed, with his nose in the air; then he walked to the pan in which the bacon was skirling.Lochinvar
S. R. Crockett
At last this word was given, and the procession began its march amidst the cheers of the people and a skirling of the pipes.A Prince of Good Fellows
- Scot and Northern English dialect (esp of bagpipes) to emit a shrill sound
- to play the bagpipes
- the sound of bagpipes
- a shrill sound
Word Origin and History for skirling
"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.