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skelf

noun Scot and Northern English dialect
  1. a splinter of wood, esp when embedded accidentally in the skin
  2. a thin or diminutive person
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Word Origin for skelf

from Scottish; see shelf
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Examples from the Web for skelf

Historical Examples of skelf

  • They're her beuks maistly upo' the skelf there abune yer ain, Mr. Sutherlan'.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • It wasna an ill w'y to beery fowk, nor an ill place to gang til, for they aye biggit up the skelf, ye ken.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald