[ skur ]
/ skɜr /

verb (used without object)

to go rapidly; fly; scurry.

verb (used with object)

to go rapidly over.


a grating or whirring sound.

Origin of skirr

First recorded in 1540–50; variant of scour2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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

/ (skɜː) /


(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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