\ ˈskəl How to pronounce scull (audio) \

Definition of scull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an oar used at the stern of a boat to propel it forward with a thwartwise motion
b : either of a pair of oars usually less than 10 feet (3 meters) in length and operated by one person
2 : a racing shell propelled by one or two persons using sculls


sculled; sculling; sculls

Definition of scull (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to propel (a boat) by sculls or by a large oar worked thwartwise

intransitive verb

: to scull a boat

Other Words from scull


sculler noun

Synonyms for scull

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of scull in a Sentence

Noun He took first place in the single sculls. Verb She sculled along the river. a couple sculled past in a racing shell
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun John, who will compete in the single scull, is the Olympic hopeful, his brothers say. Lori Riley,, 21 Feb. 2021 Melvin certainly left with a breakthrough victory in the lightweight men’s single scull division. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, 6 Aug. 2019 Inside the two-story, 16,500-foot facility, sculls are stacked in four bays on the ground floor, while a fifth is set aside for sailing. New York Times, 17 July 2019 The men’s lightweight double scull of Amar Bhatia and Noah Cours qualified for the A final, finishing sixth nationally (6:56.98). Anthony Ciardelli,, 18 June 2019 Meghan O'Leary, who finished sixth in the 2016 Olympic double sculls in Rio with Ellen Tomek, returned to the Riverfront Recapture boathouse Friday night for a 20th anniversary celebration of Riverfront Rowing. Lori Riley,, 24 June 2018 Buy Photo Paul Laskow, trim and fit at 69 and still working as an attorney, slips into a scull on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia every morning the water isn’t frozen. Frank Kummer,, 13 Apr. 2018 With Rob Jones, Masters won a bronze medal in mixed sculls at the London Games. Courier Journal And Usa Today, The Courier-Journal, 17 Mar. 2018 With Rob Jones, Masters won a bronze medal in mixed sculls at the London Games. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Regardless, Toro Arana was determined to learn how to scull. Olivia Reiner, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 Then came a lost decade when the Great Eight sculling all-stars or collegians took the trophy as US Rowing either sent development boats or nobody at all., 21 Oct. 2019 Rowers competed in masters, junior, and novice categories in both sweep rowing and sculling events. Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2019 The next came when Jobe, who had put his tee shot into the bunker left of the green, chunked his recovery into the rough and then sculled his chip across the green. Don Markus,, 16 July 2017 Sitting snug in the rear of the boat, coxswains yell commands to rowers, drowning out wind and sculling noise. David Whiting, Orange County Register, 24 May 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scull.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of scull


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for scull


Middle English skulle

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best rowing machines.

Learn More About scull

Time Traveler for scull

Time Traveler

The first known use of scull was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near scull




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for scull

Cite this Entry

“Scull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for scull


\ ˈskəl How to pronounce scull (audio) \

Kids Definition of scull

: a boat driven by one or more pairs of short oars

More from Merriam-Webster on scull

Nglish: Translation of scull for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about scull


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!