skirling

[ skur-ling ]
/ ˈskɜr lɪŋ /

noun Scot. and North England.

the act of shrieking.

Nearby words

  1. skippet,
  2. skipping,
  3. skipping-rope,
  4. skipton,
  5. skirl,
  6. skirmish,
  7. skirnir,
  8. skirr,
  9. skirret,
  10. skirt

Origin of skirling

First recorded in 1775–85; skirl + -ing1

skirl

[ skurl ]
/ skɜrl /

verb (used without object)

to play the bagpipe.
Scot. and North England. to shriek.

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for skirling

skirl

/ (skɜːl, Scottish skɪrl) /

verb (intr)

Scot and Northern English dialect (esp of bagpipes) to emit a shrill sound
to play the bagpipes

noun

the sound of bagpipes
a shrill sound

Word Origin for skirl

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; see shrill

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Word Origin and History for skirling

skirl

v.

"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.

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