- a former silver coin of Denmark, Sweden, and the Danish West Indies.
- any of various former copper coins of Sweden and Norway.
Origin of skilling1
- to matter.
- to help; avail.
Origin of skill2
Examples from the Web for skilling
Skilling was indicted on 35 counts of fraud and insider trading related to the Enron collapse.Will Celebrity Snoop Anthony Pellicano Get Sprung?
June 21, 2012
Skilling's plight and fight are of little interest; he's been in prison for the last 3.5 years, with many more to follow.
The appeal, however, is not likely to spring Skilling from his prison cell in Colorado.
Yes, which leads me to a fascination with the cult leader, which is in a way what Skilling was at ENRON.
Some have even compared it to Shakespeare's Richard III because Skilling's tragedy, like Richard's, is his increasing isolation.
A portion of the court is roofed in, and is called the "skilling."
The coins in circulation are the mark, the two, the four, and the twelve skilling piece.
"But by this means he brings a skilling home," said the old woman.O. T.
Hans Christian Andersen
In this court, too, the butter is generally churned, under a "skilling" which covers half of it.
It is near enough for our purpose to say that a mark is twenty-two cents, and a skilling one cent.
- a former Scandinavian coin of low denomination
- special ability in a task, sport, etc, esp ability acquired by training
- something, esp a trade or technique, requiring special training or manual proficiency
- obsolete understanding
Word Origin and History for skilling
late 12c., "power of discernment," from Old Norse skil "distinction, ability to make out, discernment, adjustment," related to skilja (v.) "to separate; discern, understand," from Proto-Germanic *skaljo- "divide, separate" (cf. Swedish skäl "reason," Danish skjel "a separation, boundary, limit," Middle Low German schillen "to differ," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schele "separation, discrimination;" see shell (n.)). Sense of "ability, cleverness" first recorded early 13c.