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Skerry (small rocky island).


From dialectal Scots (Shetlandic and Orcadian) skerry, from Old Norse sker (whence Danish skær and Norwegian skjær).



skerry ‎(plural skerries)

  1. A small rocky island which may be covered by the sea at high tide or during storms.
    • 1805, George Barry, History of the Orkney Islands, I:
      The Seal (phoca vitulina, Lin. Syft.) which is here generally known by the name of selchy, is very common on most of our low shores, but particularly on those of the small holms and remote skerries, where it is frequently seen reposing and basking in the sun [...].
    • 1997, Bernard Scudder, translating ‘Egil's Saga’, The Sagas of Icelanders, Penguin 2001, p. 46:
      Grim the Halogalander's crew sailed along Borgarfjord beyond the skerries, then cast anchor until the storm died down and the weather brightened up.
    • 2000, Jeremy Gaskell, Who Killed the Great Auk?, Oxford 2000, p. 20:
      The three men proceeded, with a little difficulty, to scale the skerry, finding Gannets and Guillemots on the upper reaches.




From Old Norse sker.


skerry (plural skerries)

  1. (chiefly Shetland, Orkney) skerry, reef
    • 2004, Sheena Blackhall, ‘Rev. John Skinner (1721-1807)’, The Humpty Dumpty Man:
      Tae the icy flowes o the Shetlan voes he sailed tae Scalloway, / There his sweethairt won, far a Viking sun shines ower the skerries grey.