Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of skirl.
  • n. A small trout or salmon.
  • n. A shrill cry or sound; a crying shrilly; a skirl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shrill cry or sound; a crying shrilly; a skirl.
  • n. A small trout or salmon; -- a name used loosely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of emitting a shrill sound; also, a shrill sound; a skirl.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Queen Victoria herself used to have the pipers file out before her at Balmoral to the "skirling" of "Bonnie Dundee," "Over the Water to Charlie," and "Wha'll Be King but Charlie!"

    Famous Affinities of History — Complete

  • Watched as he pulled off her elastic, tipped back his head, and held his arms out cruciform, an angular scarecrow in a scrim of skirling snow.

    Is it plagiarism, cento, or prose riff?

  • Arkangel have done very well here, by taking the rare but very obvious course of setting the play in, er, Scotland, with appropriate accents and skirling of bagpipes; this gives the whole play an extra edge that I had never really considered properly before.

    March Books 8) Macbeth, by William Shakespeare

  • The rider stumbled, glowing fragments of its flesh skirling out from it like fireflies.

    Vicious Grace

  • There was a massive shout from the floor below, an outbreak of skirling pipes, and the solemn scene dissolved into a heaving surge of riotous yelling.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • To acknowledge we'd lost our way under Cheney-Bush, marching off in every direction with drums pounding, violins skirling and banners flying, is to acknowledge the need we had and still have for salvation.

    Obama wins Nobel Prize... but can he live up to it?

  • To acknowledge we've lost our way, marching off in every direction with drums pounding, violins skirling and banners flying, is to acknowledge the need for salvation.

    Obama as Savior? He'd better be

  • I don't know why, I really don't, but I cannot hear the keening and droning and skirling of a set of pipes without choking up.

    May The Bubble In Your Chest Not Choke You To Death - And Other Lovely Irish Blessings Upon You

  • “Od guide us, wull ye haud your skirling tongues!” said

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Strings were tamped down and inner voices brought out -- in the "Ride of the Valkyries," for example, it was not the blaring brass theme that caught the ear, but the skirling woodwind figures above it.

    Wagner Meets Maazel at the Met

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  • Not me, pterodactyl, though I have heard caterwauling used to describe pipes too. :)

    January 11, 2011

  • There were a fearful skirling that night the terrier with ringworms was strangled by cross-dressing Angus, aye.

    January 10, 2011

  • I've only ever heard this word used to describe the sound of bagpipes. Have any of you heard it used to describe something else?

    January 10, 2011