skelp

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verb

ˈskelp
skelped
-pt
also skelpit
-pə̇t
; skelped also skelpit; skelping; skelps

transitive verb

1
dialectal, British : strike, slap, beat
2
dialectal, British : to drive with blows
3
dialectal, British : to perform or accomplish in a brisk and lively fashion

intransitive verb

: to walk in a brisk and lively manner : hustle

skelp

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noun (1)

"
plural -s
dialectal, British
: a smart blow
especially : a slap with the palm of the hand

skelp

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noun (2)

"
plural -s
: a strip of metal (such as wrought iron, steel) for making a hollow cylindrical piece or tube by bending it round longitudinally or helically and welding

skelp

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transitive verb

"
-ed/-ing/-s
1
: to form (as a plate or bar of iron) into a skelp by rolling
2
: to bend round (a skelp) in tube making

skelp

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"

dialectal variant of scalp

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English skelpen, probably of imitative origin

Noun (1)

Middle English, from skelpen, verb

Noun (2)

perhaps from Scottish Gaelic sgealb splinter, strip of wood

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“Skelp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skelp. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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