Origin of skirlMiddle English (northern) skrille, skyrle, probably from Scand, as in Norwegian dialect, dialectal skrylla, to scream: for Indo-European base see shrill
verbskirled, skirl·ing, skirls
- 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 )
Origin of skirlMiddle English skrillen, skirlen probably of Scandinavian origin
(third-person singular simple present skirls, present participle skirling, simple past and past participle skirled)
Originally Scots and Northern English dialects, probably of Old Norse origin; ultimately imitative.