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skean dhu

[th oo, doo]
  1. a small knife tucked into or worn against the top of a stocking in the full dress of Highland Scottish males.
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Also skene dhu.

Origin of skean dhu

First recorded in 1810–20, skean dhu is from the Scots Gaelic word sgian dhubh literally, black skean
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Historical Examples of skean-dhu

  • Skean-dhu, a small dirk which a Highlander wears in his stocking.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • A wee bit clamsheuchar wi' my Lochaper axe, or a brog wi' my skean-dhu, will make them quate aneuch, my letty.

British Dictionary definitions for skean-dhu


  1. Scot a variant of sgian-dhu
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