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  • v. To leave hastily; to flee, especially with a whirring sound
  • v. To search about in, scour
  • v. to pass over quickly, skim
  • n. A tern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tern.
  • intransitive v. To scour; to scud; to run.
  • transitive v. To ramble over in order to clear; to scour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See scur.
  • n. A tern or sea-swallow.


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  • October 12, 2008 4: 28 am well – skirr is well used in Scotland.

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  • Of course, he’s also a ham, and likes to summon the skirr of the bagpipes with his accent at strategic social moments.

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  • The old woman continued to muse aloud, a monotonous irritating sound, while Elizabeth thought concentratedly, startled once, when she heard the winding-engine chuff quickly, and the brakes skirr with a shriek.

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  • Our left wing, when they occupied the hills, saw four or five hundred Turks 'skirr away' in one body, and the machine-gunners found a target.

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  • Two minutes later another spark flashes out from the same spot, and a leaden messenger buries itself with a skirr and a thud, within ten yards of the little group of officers.

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  • A pretty business this, it seemed to him: twenty miles back of beyond; horses sent on at random ahead; a gang of murderers in hiding above -- Matthews walked boldly along the precipice trail, saw the eagle below circling, still circling; heard a hawk skirr and scold from

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  • Appears connected to scurry, ya?

    September 23, 2008

  • (Noun) A grating, rasping, or whirring sound. (Verb) To run hastily (away); to flee, make off. To move, run, fly, sail, etc., rapidly or with great impetus. Sometimes implying a whirring sound accompanying the movement.

    February 12, 2008