Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A small amount; a bit: "This is a well-plotted, economical thriller. Although the beginning is a skosh slow, [the author] picks up the pace” ( T. Jefferson Parker).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tiny amount; a little bit; tad; smidgen; jot.

Etymologies

Japanese sukoshi.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 少し, すこし (sukoshi, "a little"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Larry, thanks for "skosh" -- it's a fun word indeed!

    chouia - French Word-A-Day

  • Now this pool, it seems, was unknown to the Yips because it was surrounded by thick bushes and was not near to any dwelling, and it proved to be an enchanted pool, for the frog grew very fast and very big, feeding on the magic skosh which is found nowhere else on earth except in that one pool.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

  • Yips because it was surrounded by thick bushes and was not near to any dwelling, and it proved to be an enchanted pool, for the frog grew very fast and very big, feeding on the magic skosh which is found nowhere else on earth except in that one pool.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

  • At first it was increased only a "skosh," make that a doubling of the tax rate from a nickel to ten cents.

    Hawaii Reporter

  • BTW, "skosh" is usually spelled with a "K", easier to see the hard consonant.

    The Truth About Cars

  • (By the way, the word "skosh" was borrowed from Japan, from whom we have borrowed much more than merely words in recent years; it is, after all, a close second to China in holding U.S.

    Gold Sector and Stocks Analysis from Seeking Alpha

  • Even with a skosh more legroom, it remains close to useless for people.

    Mini Cooper convertible is cute but quirky

  • Second, anyone who eats Cheezy-poofs of any kind eats them for this bizarre, simulated, "advanced food-like" product, not for the corn puff that might actually bring a skosh of nutrition to what is essentially an empty calorie.

    I'm a math guy, I should know better than to fall for this

  • Bonne annee to all -- may 2010 be joy-filled and, like skosh, a lot of fun, too!

    chouia - French Word-A-Day

  • Out of almost 2.9 million ballots cast, McCain's edge was 3,632 -- a skosh above one-tenth of one percent.

    Missouri Finally Calls Its Election - Swampland - TIME.com

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  • Deserves to be a compact car name.

    September 28, 2011

  • hence, pronounced with a long O.

    February 3, 2009

  • See nitnoy.

    October 4, 2007

  • The source seems to be the Japanese word sukoshi.

    December 29, 2006