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[skil-yuh n] /ˈskɪl yən/
noun, Australian.
a lean-to serving as a room or a shed.
Origin of skillion
1860-65; alteration of skilling, orig. dial. (S England), Middle English skyling; sense suggests kinship with dial. scale hut, shed (< Old Norse skāli; cf. shiel), but phonetic development obscure; see -ing3 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • I put the other horses back in the yard, the saddles in the skillion, got on my horse and rode off.

    Children of the Bush Henry Lawson
  • Jack Drew camped in a skillion room behind his printing office, and had his meals at the Royal.

    Over the Sliprails Henry Lawson
  • I noticed the storm had taken a sheet of iron off the skillion, and supposed he'd sleep at the Royal that night.

    Over the Sliprails Henry Lawson
  • Next day I found one of the skillion rooms scrubbed out and a bed fixed up for me.

British Dictionary definitions for skillion


  1. a part of a building having a lower, esp sloping, roof; lean-to
  2. (as modifier): a skillion roof
Word Origin
C19: from English dialect skilling outhouse
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Slang definitions & phrases for skillion



An indefinite very large number; bazillion, gazillion: I have a scillion things to say (1970s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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