from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A messmate; a companion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A messmate; a companion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A roaring or swaggering companion (¶). See etymology.


Perhaps originally a companion in winding thread (see skein) or a companion in arms, from skain ("a sword") (see skean). See mate. (Wiktionary)


  • There’s a bit of rough sex in this one, but just about the nastiest thing you’ll hear anyone say is, “Hell’s bells! or “You, you – bat-fowling, lily-livered skainsmate!”

    2007 November 19 « One-Minute Book Reviews


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