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

Definition of skirr

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1 : to search about in skirr the country round— William Shakespeare
2 : to pass rapidly over : skim

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of skirr in a Sentence

the film company will soon skirr the area looking for locations

First Known Use of skirr

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for skirr

perhaps alteration of scour entry 3

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about skirr

Time Traveler for skirr

Time Traveler

The first known use of skirr was circa 1548

See more words from the same year

Statistics for skirr

Cite this Entry

“Skirr.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on skirr

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for skirr

Comments on skirr

What made you want to look up skirr? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!