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noun, verb (used with object) Scot. and North England.
  1. skelp1.
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or scelp

[skelp]Scot. and North England
  1. a slap, smack, or blow, especially one given with the open hand.
  2. the sound of such a slap or smack.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to slap, smack, or strike (someone), especially on the buttocks; spank.
  2. to drive (animals) by slapping or goading them.
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Origin of skelp1

1350–1400; Middle English; probably imitative
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Examples from the Web for scelp

Historical Examples

  • Hain't nary bit o' him missin', so fur as I could see, from his scelp lock, clean down to his frost-bit toe-nail.

    The Tobacco Tiller

    Sarah Bell Hackley

  • Scelp, skelp, n. long strips of iron used in forming a gun-barrel.

British Dictionary definitions for scelp


  1. (tr) to slap
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  1. a slap
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Word Origin

C15: probably of imitative origin


  1. sheet or plate metal that has been curved and welded to form a tube
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic sgealb thin strip of wood
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