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Etymology 1[edit]



skilly (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, nautical) Skillygalee.
    • 1903 Jack London, The People of the Abyss, Macmillan
      “I would be given for supper six ounces of bread and ‘three parts of skilly.’ ‘Three parts’ means three-quarters of a pint, and ‘skilly’ is a fluid concoction of three quarts of oatmeal stirred into three buckets and a half of hot water.”

Etymology 2[edit]

From skill +‎ -y.


skilly (comparative more skilly, superlative most skilly)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Skilled, skilful.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 80:
      So, being a fell impatient man, and skilly with his hands, he took Sam Gourlay a clout in the lug that couped him down in the stour []