skirl

skirl

[skurl]
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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skirl (skɜːl, Scottish skɪrl)
 
vb
1.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) (esp of bagpipes) to emit a shrill sound
2.  to play the bagpipes
 
n
3.  the sound of bagpipes
4.  a shrill sound
 
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; see shrill]

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skirl
c.1400, "to make a shrill sound," from a Scand. source (cf. Norw. skyrla, skrella "to shriek"), of imitative origin. In reference to bagpipes, it is attested by 1665 and now rarely used otherwise.
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