- a whitefish, Coregonus stigmaticus, of certain lakes in the Lake District
C18: perhaps from dialect skell a shell or scale, and so called because of its large scales
- to look sideways or squint
- a quick look; glance
- Also: skelly-eyed cross-eyed
probably from Old Norse, from skjalgr wry; related to Old English sceolh a squint
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Examples from the Web for skelly
You agree then with Mr. Shepard that these signals are made by Slade and Skelly's men?
They say that up there in the Alleghanies Slade and Skelly are doing a lot of harm.
From what you said Skelly started out by being for the Union.
A victory won by Skelly's men with Skelly dead was no victory at all to Skelly.The Guns of Shiloh
Joseph A. Altsheler
Slade and Skelly instantly sprang for the trees and Slade blew sharply upon his whistle.