noun Scot. and North England.
Origin of skirling
verb (used without object)
Origin of skirl
Examples from the Web for skirling
He did not imagine he would hear these skirling pipers again.
Yet this was to be seen yesterday afternoon when the pipes were skirling their martial strains, to the delight of all and sundry.War's Brighter Side|Julian Ralph.
That was the wild and ominous air that was skirling up on the hillside; and Mackenzie's face, as he heard it, grew wroth.
She played absent-mindedly, her fingers skipping and skirling on the notes.The Black Opal|Katharine Susannah Prichard
Word Origin for skirl
"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.