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skelly1

/ˈskɛlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
a whitefish, Coregonus stigmaticus, of certain lakes in the Lake District
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from dialect skell a shell or scale, and so called because of its large scales

skelly2

/ˈskɛlɪ/
verb (intransitive) -lies, -lying, -lied
1.
to look sideways or squint
noun (pl) -lies
2.
a quick look; glance
adjective
3.
Also skelly-eyed. cross-eyed
Word Origin
probably from Old Norse, from skjalgr wry; related to Old English sceolh a squint
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  • The wary savage sentinels, a few minutes after the plunge, came down to ascertain the noise, but skelly had already escaped.

  • From what you said skelly started out by being for the Union.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Some of the drivers said that his rightful patronymic was skelly; but this was a rather obscure matter.

  • They say that up there in the Alleghanies Slade and skelly are doing a lot of harm.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • We've heard of a guerrilla band under two men, Slade and skelly, who are making trouble to the southward.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • A victory won by skelly's men with skelly dead was no victory at all to skelly.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But the men of Slade and skelly could yet be seen on the crests and slopes, and there was no indication that they would draw off.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Slade and skelly instantly sprang for the trees and Slade blew sharply upon his whistle.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Tom Sykes, who was held up by them an' robbed of his hoss, says that the rest of 'em called their leader skelly.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Dick's chief apprehensions were in regard to Slade and skelly, but they found no trace of the guerrillas, nor of any other foes.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler

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