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(mainly Brit) a thin soup or gruel
Word Origin
C19: shortened from skilligallee, probably a fanciful formation
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  • It's the skilly, it's the four-ounce system, I 'm afraid of.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Same as you had before—bread and water, and skilly o' Sundays!

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann
  • I say, though, did you know that he was a pauper, and lived on skilly?

    Brownsmith's Boy George Manville Fenn
  • The big fellow was pulpier than ever; his complexion the colour of skilly.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • You're living on the fat of the land—you shall see how you like skilly!

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • Inside, the skilly One went like a witch, beak-nosed and half-blind.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • The skilly Woman put down her head and listened with wonder.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • For all she was skilly the old dame had no thought of the woman sinking.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • I am for Inneraora for the skilly Woman for my wife, child of your own clan.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • He found the skilly Woman, who put before him sour milk and brose.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro

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