\ 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


noun (1)
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plural -s

Definition of skelp (Entry 2 of 5)

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


noun (2)
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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
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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


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Definition of skelp (Entry 5 of 5)

dialectal variant of

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History and Etymology for skelp


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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