[ skur-ling ]
/ ˈskɜr lɪŋ /

noun Scot. and North England.

the act of shrieking.

Origin of skirling

First recorded in 1775–85; skirl + -ing1

Definition for skirling (2 of 2)


[ skurl ]
/ skɜrl /

verb (used without object)

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

1350–1400; Middle English scirlen, skrillen (v.), perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian skrella boom, crash Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skirling


/ (skɜːl, Scottish skɪrl) /

verb (intr)

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 for skirl

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; see shrill
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