skirr

verb

ˈskər How to pronounce skirr (audio)
ˈskir
skirred; skirring; skirrs

intransitive verb

1
: to leave hastily : flee
birds skirred off from the bushesD. H. Lawrence
2
: to run, fly, sail, or move along rapidly

transitive verb

1
: to search about in
skirr the country roundWilliam Shakespeare
2
: to pass rapidly over : skim

Example Sentences

the film company will soon skirr the area looking for locations

Word History

Etymology

perhaps alteration of scour entry 3

First Known Use

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skirr was circa 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Skirr.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skirr. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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