- a knife or dagger formerly used in Ireland and in the Scottish Highlands.
Origin of skean
Related Words for skeanblade, bayonet, sword, cutlass, poniard, stylet, switchblade, stiletto, bodkin, dirk, anlace, sidearm, skean
Examples from the Web for skean
Historical Examples of skean
It is the only thing I could get, but I sharpened it myself; it has an edge like a skean.'The Purcell Papers
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
I moved backward, hand on my skean, braced for a sudden rush.
I slipped the safety clasp from the hilt of my skean and went after him.
I thrust myself between them and put my hand on the skean again.
I had my skean handy, but I had a hunch this wasn't anything I could settle with a skean.
- a kind of double-edged dagger formerly used in Ireland and Scotland