variants or less commonly skaddle
dialectal, England : fierce, wild
dialectal, England, of an animal : badly behaved : skittish

Word History


alteration of earlier scathel harmful, dangerous, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old High German skadal, skatal harmful, Gothic skathuls, Old English sceathian to injure

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“Scaddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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