- a round farm basket of wicker or wood.
- Also skepful. the amount contained in a skep.
- a beehive, especially of straw.
Origin of skep
before 1100; Middle English skeppe, late Old English sceppe < Old Norse skeppa half-bushel; akin to German Scheffel
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Examples from the Web for skep
He snatched the lanthorn Joe carried, held it down, and stepped off the skep.
And if I had been wearing a scarlet garter I would have tied it round their skep.Memoirs of a Midget
Walter de la Mare
This skep (a beehive made of woven straw) was made in the 1950s but is of a sort that has been used since ancient times.
“Quickly as you can,” shouted the Colonel, as the skep went down; but the engineer shook his head.
“Now, then, lower away;” and as he spoke he stooped down quickly seized the dog by the collar, and swung him out of the skep.
- a beehive, esp one constructed of straw
- mainly dialect a large basket of wickerwork or straw
Old English sceppe, from Old Norse skeppa bushel; related to Old High German sceffil bushel
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Word Origin and History for skep
quantity measure for grain, etc.; basket, grain receptacle, c.1100, from Old Norse skeppa "basket, bushel." Related: Skepful.
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