skelp

verb
\ ˈskelp \
skelped\ -​pt \ also skelpit\ -​pə̇t \; skelped also skelpit; skelping; skelps

Definition of skelp

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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

noun (1)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of skelp (Entry 2 of 5)

dialectal, British
: a smart blow especially : a slap with the palm of the hand

skelp

noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of skelp (Entry 3 of 5)

: 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
\ " \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of skelp (Entry 4 of 5)

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

\ " \

Definition of skelp (Entry 5 of 5)

dialectal variant of

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History and Etymology for skelp

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 Jul. 2021.

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