Webster's Dictionary, 1913
1. An upstart. [ Obsolete] Ford. 2. (Zoology) An elater; a snap bug, or snapping beetle. 3. (Zoology) A name given to several kinds of a fish, as the common bluefish, the alewife, the bonito, the butterfish, the cutlass fish, the jurel, the leather jacket, the runner, the saurel, the saury, the threadfish, etc. 4. (Nautical) A shallow sailboat with a rectilinear or V-shaped cross section.
Skipper noun 1. One who, or that which, skips. 2. A young, thoughtless person. Shak. 3. (Zoology) The saury ( Scomberesox saurus ). 4. The cheese maggot. See Cheese fly , under Cheese . 5. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of small butterflies of the family Hesperiadæ ; -- so called from their peculiar short, jerking flight.
[ Dutch schipper
. See Shipper
, and Ship
.] 1. (Nautical) The master of a fishing or small trading vessel; hence, the master, or captain, of any vessel. 2. A ship boy.
[ Obsolete] Congreve.
[ Confer Icelandic skip
, English skipper
. See Ship
.] 1. A small boat; a skiff.
A little skippet floating did appear. Spenser. 2. A small round box for keeping records.
Skippingly adverb In a skipping manner; by skips, or light leaps.
Skirl transitive verb & i. [ Of Scand. origin, and originally the same word as English shrill .] To utter in a shrill tone; to scream. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Skirl noun A shrill cry or sound. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Skirlcock noun (Zoology) The missel thrush; -- so called from its harsh alarm note. [ Prev. Eng.]
Skirlcrake noun The turnstone. [ Prev. Eng.]
Skirling noun A shrill cry or sound; a crying shrilly; a skirl.
[ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
When the skirling of the pipes cleft the air his cold eyes softened. Mrs. J. H. Ewing.
Skirling noun (Zoology) A small trout or salmon; -- a name used loosely. [ Prov. Eng.]
Skirmish intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Skirmished
; present participle & verbal noun Skirmishing
.] [ Middle English skirmishen
, Old French escremir
, to fence, fight, French escrimer
, of German origin; confer Old High German scirmen
to protect, defend, German schirmen
, Old High German scirm
, protection, shield, German schirm
; perhaps akin to Greek ............ a sunshade. Confer Scaramouch
.] To fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers.
[ Middle English scarmishe
. See Skirmish
, intransitive verb
] 1. A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops. 2. A slight contest.
They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit. Shak.
Skirmisher noun One who skirmishes. Specifically: plural (Mil.) Soldiers deployed in loose order, to cover the front or flanks of an advancing army or a marching column.
Skirr transitive verb
[ Confer Scur
.] To ramble over in order to clear; to scour.
[ Archaic] Shak.
Skirr intransitive verb To scour; to scud; to run. [ Archaic]
Skirr noun (Zoology) A tern. [ Prov. Eng.]
Skirret noun [ A corrupted form equivalent to sugarwort .] (Botany) An umbelliferous plant ( Sium, or Pimpinella, Sisarum ). It is a native of Asia, but has been long cultivated in Europe for its edible clustered tuberous roots, which are very sweet.
[ Middle English skyrt
, of Scand. origin; confer Icelandic skyrta
a shirt, Swedish skört
a skirt, skjorta
a shirt. See Shirt
.] 1. The lower and loose part of a coat, dress, or other like garment; the part below the waist; as, the skirt of a coat, a dress, or a mantle. 2. A loose edging to any part of a dress.
A narrow lace, or a small skirt of ruffled linen, which runs along the upper part of the stays before, and crosses the breast, being a part of the tucker, is called the modesty piece. Addison. 3. Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything
"Here in the skirts
of the forest." Shak. 4. A petticoat. 5. The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals. Dunglison.
Skirt transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Skirted
; present participle & verbal noun Skirting
.] 1. To cover with a skirt; to surround.
Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold. Milton. 2. To border; to form the border or edge of; to run along the edge of; as, the plain was skirted by rows of trees.
"When sundown skirts
the moor." Tennyson.
Skirt transitive verb To be on the border; to live near the border, or extremity.
Savages . . . who skirt along our western frontiers. S. S. Smith.
Skirting noun Skirting board , the board running around a room on the wall next the floor; baseboard.
1. (Architecture) A skirting board. [ R.] 2. Skirts, taken collectivelly; material for skirts.
Skit transitive verb
[ Prov. English skit
to slide, as adj., hasty, precipitate, of Scand. origin, and akin to English shoot
, v.t.; confer Icelandic skyti
, a marksman, shooter, skjōta
to shoot, skūta
a taunt. √159. See Shoot
.] To cast reflections on; to asperse.
[ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Crose.
Skit noun 1. A reflection; a jeer or gibe; a sally; a brief satire; a squib. Tooke.
A similar vein satire upon the emptiness of writers is given in his "Tritical Essay upon the Faculties of the Human Mind;" but that is a mere skit compared with this strange performance. Leslie Stephen. 2. A wanton girl; a light wench.
Skitter transitive verb
[ Confer Skit
, transitive verb
] To move or pass (something) over a surface quickly so that it touches only at intervals; to skip.
The angler, standing in the bow, 'skitters' or skips the spoon over the surface. James A. Henshall.
Skitter intransitive verb To pass or glide lightly or with quick touches at intervals; to skip; to skim.
Some kinds of ducks in lighting strike the water with their tails first, and skitter along the surface for a feet before settling down. T. Roosevelt.
[ See Skit
, transitive verb
] 1. Easily frightened; timorous; shy; untrustworthy; as, a skittish colt.
"A restiff, skittish
jade." L'Estrange. 2. Wanton; restive; freakish; volatile; changeable; fickle.
Fortune's hall." Shak.
Skittle adjective Pertaining to the game of skittles. Skittle alley , an alley or court in which the game of skittles is played. -- Skittle ball , a disk or flattish ball of wood for throwing at the pins in the game of skittles.
Skittle-dog noun (Zoology) The piked dogfish.
Skittles noun plural
[ Of Scand. origin. √159. See Shoot
, transitive verb
, and confer Shuttle
, transitive verb
] An English game resembling ninepins, but played by throwing wooden disks, instead of rolling balls, at the pins.
[ Confer Skittish
.] (Zoology) A rail; as, the water rail (called also skitty cock , and skitty coot ); the spotted crake ( Porzana maruetta ), and the moor hen.
[ Prov. Eng.]
Skive noun [ Confer Icelandic skīfa a shaving, slice, English shive , sheave .] The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.
Skive transitive verb To pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather).
[ Confer Skewer
a fragment.] 1. An inferior quality of leather, made of split sheepskin, tanned by immersion in sumac, and dyed. It is used for hat linings, pocketbooks, bookbinding, etc. 2. The cutting tool or machine used in splitting leather or skins, as sheepskins.
1. The act of paring or splitting leather or skins. 2. A piece made in paring or splitting leather; specifically, the part from the inner, or flesh, side.
Sklayre noun [ Confer German schleier .] A vell. [ Obsolete]
Sklere transitive verb To shelter; to cover. [ Obsolete]
Skolecite, Skolezite noun (Min.) See Scolecite .
Skopster (skŏp"stẽr) noun The saury. [ Prov. Eng.]
Skout noun (Zoology) A guillemot.
Skowitz noun [ Nisqually (American Indian) name.] (Zoology) The silver salmon.
Skreen noun & v. See Screen .
Skrike intransitive verb & t. To shriek. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Skrike noun (Zoology) The missel thrush. [ Prov. Eng.]
Skrimp transitive verb See Scrimp .