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From Old English, but probably influenced by Old Norse skola (to wash) (> Danish skylle, Icelandic skyla)[1].


scullery (plural sculleries)

  1. (formerly) A small room, next to a kitchen, where washing up and other domestic chores are done.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 1
      With the ring of light from his lantern dancing from side to side, he lurched across the yard, kicked off his boots at the back door, drew himself a last glass of beer from the barrel in the scullery, and made his way up to bed, where Mrs. Jones was already snoring.


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  1. ^ scullery in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913