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From Old Irish scían, from Proto-Celtic *skiyenā, from Proto-Indo-European *skei- ‎(to cut).


skynn f ‎(genitive singular skynney, no plural)

  1. knife
    Cha nel agh skynn voandagh aym.‎ ― I only have a blunt knife.
    Heiy mee skynn ayn.‎ ― I stuck a knife in him.
    Nee'n skynn vie ee? She.‎ ― Is it the good knife? It is.
    Ren y chlagh jannoo y skynn moandagh.‎ ― The stone took the edge off the knife.
    Vel oo jannoo ymmyd jeh'n skynn ayd?‎ ― Are you using your knife?


  • scían” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.