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variants or skeane

less common spellings of skein


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variants or skene

Example Sentences

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Didion’s missives were keenly observant, full of language that cut like a skean. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2021

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Word History



Middle English skene, from Irish scian & Scottish Gaelic sgian, from Old Irish scían; probably akin to Sanskrit chyati he cuts off — more at science

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skean was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near skean

Cite this Entry

“Skean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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