from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shallow wooden vessel.
  • noun A shallow wooden vessel used for holding milk; also, a milking-pail.
  • noun A tub used in washing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. & Scot. A shallow wooden vessel for holding milk or cream.

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  • noun UK, Scotland, dialect A shallow wooden vessel for holding milk or cream.


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From Old Norse skjóla, from Proto-Germanic *skeulōn.


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  • But I'mb'un 'to say, ootside the risk o' some mistak, o 'the gr'un's o' which I can ken naething, for else I wadna hae made it, 'at this bit horsie o' yours, by a '' at my knowledge or skeel, which is naither

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock George MacDonald 1864

  • Her great "skeel" was poised easily on her head; and, as she strode along singing lightly without shaking a drop of water over the edge of her pail, you could see how she had come by her erect carriage.

    The Romance of the Coast James Runciman 1871

  • “Ayj n trecheree will awlwaiz dufeetz yoof n skeel

    Ya, I totally don see yoo der bob - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger? 2008

  • “In gude troth, ye have skeel of our sect, sir,” replied the dame; “they are gomerils, every one of them — I tell them sae every hour of the day, but catch them profiting by the doctrine.”

    Saint Ronan's Well 2008

  • But at last his fear of his own warriors, watching behind him, grew greater than the fear of the unknown behind the ancient door and he pushed the heavy skeel aside and entered.

    The Chessmen of Mars 1922

  • The instruments were of skeel, the string of gut, and were shaped to fit the left forearm of the dancer, to which it was strapped.

    The Chessmen of Mars 1922

  • He threw his weight against the wooden panel; but the thick skeel of which it was constructed would have withstood a battering ram.

    The Chessmen of Mars 1922

  • TURAN dashed himself against the door of his prison in a vain effort to break through the solid skeel to the side of Tara whom he knew to be in grave danger, but the heavy panels held and he succeeded only in bruising his shoulders and his arms.

    The Chessmen of Mars 1922

  • Upon either side of the aisle were ranged rows of highly carved desks and chairs of skeel a hard wood of great beauty.

    The Chessmen of Mars 1922

  • ‘Atweel, I am a simple body, that’s true, hinny, but I am no come to steal ony o’ his skeel for naething, ’ said the farmer in his honest pride, and strutted away downstairs, followed by Mannering and the cadie.

    Chapter XXXVI 1917


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  • (n): American regional English for a wooden vessel in which to "set" milk until the cream gathers and can be skimmed. See skeelings.

    January 12, 2009