American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A homeless person who lives as a derelict.
- n. slang, US a homeless person, especially one who sleeps in the New York subway.
- n. slang, US (informal police jargon) A male suspicious person or crime suspect, especially a street person such as a drug dealer, pimp or panhandler. (Compare scumbag.) Popularized on the American TV police drama NYPD Blue.
- v. slang To fall off or fall over
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Once Crowley knew (and he did know in short order) that Gates was not a “skell” but rather, a “swell”, instead of extending to him the usual treatment accorded folks of his station (Imagine Gates 'peer and fellow Harvard Professor Lawrence Summers — being treated as Gates was ...), a certain vengefulness won out.”
“As he did the homeless crack addict tried to rob them, the guy resisted and the skell beat him to death.”
“December 18, 2007 at 8:43 pm photoshop skell kitteh has it”
“BTW, davison is now an important dude at UD, and even gets aong with phil skell.”
“There are many other events, not public, but not skell and bones secret.”
“She even had a straight job, a good family, and chose to live like a skell.”
“As Bernie said, when you grab a skell by the neck...”
“You know what his mouthpiece did when he had the skell on the stand?”
“It happens once, the skell gets toasted, and move on.”
“Since that date, the ownership in the H.rald has been vested in R.M. Pulsifer, E.B. H.skell, and Charles H. Andrews.”
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By the Coen brothers, 1990.
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