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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

skirr

\skur\ , verb;
1.
To go rapidly; fly; scurry.
2.
To go rapidly over.
noun:
1.
A grating or whirring sound.
Quotes:
Looking up, he perceived, to his horror, the figure of a man which seemed to skirr along the surface of the water...
-- Ambrose Marten, The Stanley Tales
If they'll do neither, we will come to them, and make them skirr away as swift as stones enforced from the old Assyrian slings.
-- William Shakespeare, Henry V
Origin:
Skirr is related to the word scour, which comes from the Old Norse word skur meaning "shower."
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