skolly

noun

skol·​ly
ˈskälē,
-li
plural -es
chiefly southern Africa
: a young hoodlum

Word History

Etymology

probably modification of Afrikaans skorrimorrie rascal, riffraff, from Dutch schorrimorrie, schorremorrie riffraff, perhaps modification of Yiddish soyrer-umoyre rogue, good-for-nothing, hoodlum, from Hebrew sorēr ūmōreh stubborn and rebellious

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“Skolly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skolly. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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