One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object, with adverbial of direction Move rapidly, especially with a whirring sound.‘five dark birds rose skirring away’
dash, dart, run, sprint, race, rush, hurry, hasten, hare, hurtle, bolt, shoot, charge, career, speed, fly, whizz, zoomView synonyms
- ‘His chuckle was as affable and reassuring as the skirr of a buzz-saw.’
- ‘Only two days on the job, but 18-year-old Talia already knows the drill as her green mountain bike skirrs over potholes in turbid laneways.’
- ‘Whereupon, a spandrel skirrs, having put the ‘maze’ in paronomasia.’
Mid 16th century: perhaps related to scour or scour.
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