skell

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛl

Etymology 1[edit]

  • Perhaps from skeleton, describing the often skeletal appearance of drug users.
  • Alternatively, from skellum or skelder ("to beg in the streets"). Used by Ben Jonson, 1599.
  • In the sense of a suspicious person, popularized by the American TV police drama NYPD Blue.

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

skell (plural skells)

  1. (slang, US, New York) a homeless person, especially one who sleeps in the New York subway.
    Did you see those two skells lying in the doorway?
  2. (slang, US, New York, police jargon) A male suspicious person or crime suspect, especially a street person such as a drug dealer, pimp or panhandler.
Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • The City in Slang, New York Life and Popular Speech, by Irving Lewis Allen, 1993.[1]
  • Dictionary of American Regional English, by Joan Houston Hall, 2002[2]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

skell (third-person singular simple present skells, present participle skelling, simple past and past participle skelled)

  1. (slang, intransitive) To fall off or fall over.
    She went skelling over on the ice.

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Icelandic[edit]

Verb[edit]

skell (strong)

  1. first-person singular present indicative of skella
  2. second-person singular imperative of skella

Verb[edit]

skell (weak)

  1. second-person singular imperative of skella