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Etymology 1[edit]

Cognate with German Schinken (ham, pork from the hindquarter), Middle Dutch schenke (shin, hough, ham), Swedish skinka (ham), Norwegian skinke (ham), Danish skinke (ham), Icelandic skinka (ham).


skink (plural skinks)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) A shin of beef.
    Lean sirloin, skink and pot-roast.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French scinc, from Latin scincus, from Ancient Greek σκίγγος (skíngos), σκίγκος (skínkos).

A skink among flowers in South Africa


skink (plural skinks)

  1. A lizard of the family Scincidae, having small or reduced limbs or none at all and long tails that are regenerated when shed.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English scencan or Old Norse skenkja, from Proto-Germanic *skankijaną. Cognate with German schenken (to give as a present), Dutch schenken (to pour, give as a present). See also the inherited doublet shink.


skink (third-person singular simple present skinks, present participle skinking, simple past and past participle skinked)

  1. (Scotland) To serve (a drink).
    • Shirley
      Such wine as Ganymede doth skink to Jove.
  2. (obsolete, Scotland, Northern England) To give as a present.



  1. (obsolete) Drink.
  2. (obsolete) Pottage.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
Derived terms[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for skink in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)