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skirling

[skur-ling] /ˈskɜr lɪŋ/
noun, Scot. and North England
1.
the act of shrieking.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; skirl + -ing1

skirl

[skurl] /skɜrl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to play the bagpipe.
2.
Scot. and North England. to shriek.
noun
3.
the sound of a bagpipe.
4.
Scot. and North England. any shrill sound.
Origin
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 (intransitive)
1.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) (esp of bagpipes) to emit a shrill sound
2.
to play the bagpipes
noun
3.
the sound of bagpipes
4.
a shrill sound
Word Origin
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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