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[skohl] /skoʊl/
(used as a toast in drinking someone's health.)
a toast.
verb (used without object)
to drink a toast.
Origin of skoal
1590-1600; < Danish skaal, Norwegian, Swedish skål; compare Old Norse skāl bowl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But Wulnoth had fled back, and was let into the hold by the men, who cried "skoal" to him.

    Wulnoth the Wanderer Herbert Escott-Inman
  • This, I suspect, is to be about her first real tussle; skoal to the victor!

    The Tinder-Box Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Skal or skoal was the Norwegian word used in drinking a health.

  • Then did the vikings leap up and run to Wulnoth and lift him, and carry him round on their shoulders, crying "skoal" to him.

    Wulnoth the Wanderer Herbert Escott-Inman
  • skoal to thee, Edward, for both thy foes are slain and thou shalt reign in peace.

    Wulnoth the Wanderer Herbert Escott-Inman
  • Gerda gave me the cup her lips had just touched, and I drank "skoal" to them in turn, and so Gerda the Queen had come home.

    A Sea Queen's Sailing Charles Whistler
  • Our skoal for them whose star goes down, Our drink the drink of men!

    Songs from Vagabondia Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
Word Origin and History for skoal

also skol, Scandinavian toasting word, c.1600, from Danish skaal "a toast," literally "bowl, cup," from Old Norse skal "bowl, drinking vessel," originally a cup made from a shell, from Proto-Germanic *skelo, from PIE *(s)kel- (1) "to cut" (see shell (n.)). The word first appears in Scottish English, and may have been connected to the visit of James VI of Scotland to Denmark in 1589.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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