from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To beat or slap.
- n. A narrow strip of rolled or forged metal, ready to be bent and welded to form a pipe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A blow; a smart stroke.
- n. A squall; also, a heavy fall of rain.
- transitive v. To strike; to slap.
- transitive v. To form into skelp, as a plate or bar of iron by rolling; also, to bend round (a skelp) in tube making.
- n. A wrought-iron plate from which a gun barrel or pipe is made by bending and welding the edges together, and drawing the thick tube thus formed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike, especially with the open hand; slap; spank.
- To kick severely.
- To beat, as a clock.
- To move rapidly or briskly along; hurry; run; bound.
- To leap awkwardly.
- n. A slap: a stroke; a blow.
- n. A squall; a heavy fall of rain.
- n. A large portion. Compare skelper, 2, and skelping. Jamieson.
- n. A strip of iron prepared for making a pipe or tube by bending it round a bar and welding it. Those made for gun-barrels are thicker at one end than at the other.
Probably imitative. (Wiktionary)