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Part of speech: verb

Origin: Late Middle English, mid 16th century


Move rapidly, especially with a whirring sound.

Examples of Skirr in a sentence

"Courtney watched the birds skirr into the sky as they were startled by the bark of her dog."

"The camera drone skirred as it lifted into the air to take a photo of the newlyweds."

About Skirr

“Skirr” comes from the now-obsolete use of the verb “scour” to mean “moving hastily.”

Did you Know?

Skirr can be used as both a verb and a noun. As a verb it means “to move rapidly,” but as a noun it specifically refers to the “whirring or grating sound of the wings of birds in flight.” For example, “the crows’ skirr alarmed the amateur ornithologists.”

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