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  1. an oar mounted on a fulcrum at the stern of a small boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.
  2. either of a pair of oars rowed by one rower.
  3. a boat propelled by an oar or oars.
  4. a light, narrow racing boat for one, two, or sometimes four rowers, each equipped with a pair of oars.
  5. sculls, a race involving such boats.Compare double sculls, single sculls.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to propel or convey by means of a scull or sculls.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to propel a boat with a scull or sculls.
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Origin of scull

1300–50; Middle English sculle < ?
Related formsscull·er, noun
Can be confusedscull skull
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Related Words for sculled

wade, splash, drift, slop, navigate, swim, sail, paddle, pull, sweep, drive, cruise, thrash, stir, boat, row, scull, oar, scud, drag

Examples from the Web for sculled

Historical Examples of sculled

  • I think it probable I sculled away from the spot, as there was nothing to guide me.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The ‘Gull Lightship’ was not far off, so we sculled to her in the dingey.

  • I had steamed it down the Mississippi, and sculled it up the Orinoco.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • I got the dingy out, and was sculled quietly down by one of the men.

  • He sculled the punt to the little cove by the Head, and there loaded her with rocks.

British Dictionary definitions for sculled


  1. a single oar moved from side to side over the stern of a boat to propel it
  2. one of a pair of short-handled oars, both of which are pulled by one oarsman, esp in a racing shell
  3. a racing shell propelled by an oarsman or oarsmen pulling two oars
  4. (plural) a race between racing shells, each propelled by one, two, or four oarsmen pulling two oars
  5. an act, instance, period, or distance of sculling
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  1. to propel (a boat) with a scull
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Derived Formssculler, noun

Word Origin for scull

C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for sculled



kind of short, light, spoon-bladed oar, mid-14c., of unknown origin. The verb is from 1620s, from the noun. Related: Sculled; sculling.

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