One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shrill, wailing sound, especially that of bagpipes.
- ‘But there should be more to it than the skirl of the bagpipe and the swirl of the plaid.’
- ‘There's something about the skirl of a hundred pipers at sunset.’
- ‘In the new post-Anderton age, the fireworks were quite puny and the brave pipers on the roof had their skirls lost in the wind.’
- ‘At that moment, from the field the fox has just left, there's the skirl of a hunting horn.’
- ‘Instead, with the skirl of the bagpipes and a thumping bass beat, on comes Flower of Scotland and we sing along as lustily as if we are at Murrayfield.’
- ‘At midnight he led all of us up and down the A64 to the skirl of the pipes, a memorable experience.’
- ‘While the skirl of bagpipes gets his blood pumping, it is nothing compared to the roar of a football crowd.’
- ‘Not a car horn or police siren could be heard amid the skirl of the pipes of the annual Tartan Day celebrations.’
- ‘Before the workers walked through the factory gates to the skirl of pipes, they were addressed by union officials.’
- ‘The melancholy skirl of the bagpipes echoing down a misty glen made my spine tingle with a strong sense of déjà-vu.’
- ‘Charlie Kennedy needs to give his pipes a skirl and lead the charge.’
- ‘And the stuttering, pseudo-Latino skirl of One More Tequila is entirely the wrong choice to close such an otherwise harmless record.’
- ‘The skirl of the bagpipes provided a stirring backdrop, and his skin tingled with excitement.’
- ‘It was a great result and I gave a special skirl on the pipes.’
- ‘And inspired once more, the great king strides forth to meet his destiny… Cue glorious sunset and skirl of bagpipes.’
- ‘The weather hadn't improved much, and the skirls of snow carried on the wind chilled him to the bone.’
(of bagpipes) make a shrill, wailing sound.
- ‘Brass fanfares and skirling strings back Ashcroft's voice.’
- ‘Ponting seems to suggest that he is a lone piper skirling on a distant hill.’
- ‘Off I set with kilt swirling, pipes skirling and feather bonnet flowing in what little wind there was.’
- ‘He has just turned 24, though with his slight, 5'3 ‘frame, skirling falsetto voice and golden bangs, he looked not a day older than 12.’’
- ‘No more tally-ho across the shires then, no more hunting horns skirling across the frosty banks of willows in the winter morning.’
- ‘Call the number featured and a CD-rom will wing its way to you, no doubt with bagpipes skirling and free shortbread accompanying said disk.’
- ‘Wind instruments are pushed into their highest registers, while skirling, abrasive strings bulk out the textures.’
- ‘It's certainly true that the siren song skirling out from all that heather and tartan has proven irresistible to punter and celebrity alike.’
- ‘Saluting the coffin after the service as pipers skirled a haunting lament, he looked devastated.’
- ‘They displayed a different virtuosity following the skirling entrance of director Ron C. Wallace playing the bagpipes.’
- ‘The water is still, yachts bob gently at anchor, and sea-gulls skirl through the sky.’
- ‘It has nothing to do with misty glens, fiery alcoholic drinks, or skirling pipe music.’
Late Middle English (as a verb): probably of Scandinavian origin; ultimately imitative.
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