verb (used without object)

to go rapidly; fly; scurry.

verb (used with object)

to go rapidly over.


a grating or whirring sound.

Nearby words

  1. skipton,
  2. skirl,
  3. skirling,
  4. skirmish,
  5. skirnir,
  6. skirret,
  7. skirt,
  8. skirt chaser,
  9. skirt steak,
  10. skirter

Origin of skirr

First recorded in 1540–50; variant of scour2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for skirr

  • The “skirr” caused by the vibration of its tail told it to be a rattle-snake.

    The Fatal Cord|Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for skirr



(intr; usually foll by off, away, etc) to move, run, or fly rapidly
(tr) archaic, or literary to move rapidly over (an area, etc), esp in order to find or apprehend


a whirring or grating sound, as of the wings of birds in flight

Word Origin for skirr

C16: variant of scour ²

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