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[skint] /skɪnt/
adjective, British Slang.
having no money; penniless.
Origin of skint
1930-35; probably orig. representing dial. pronunciation of skinned; see skin (v.), -ed2 Unabridged
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  • Why didn't he go to skint, as I told him, when his own lawyer was too dainty for the job?

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    Anthony Trollope
  • "If you would have gone to Mr. skint, sir—," suggested Bozzle.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope
  • There ain't no smarter gent in all the profession, sir, than Mr. skint.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for skint


(usually postpositive) (Brit, slang) without money
Word Origin
variant of skinned, past participle of skin
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Word Origin and History for skint

"broke, out of money," 1925, slang variant of skinned, past participle of skin (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for skint



Lacking money; broke • Still chiefly British

[1925+; fr skinned]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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