(skûrl) KEY VERB: skirled
, skirls VERB: intr.
- To produce a high, shrill, wailing tone. Used of bagpipes.
- To play (a piece) on bagpipes.
- The shrill sound made by the chanter pipe of bagpipes.
- A shrill wailing sound: "The skirl of a police whistle split the stillness" (Sax Rohmer).
Middle English skrillen, skirlen
, probably of Scandinavian origin