skelf

/ (skɛlf) /

noun Scot and Northern English dialect

a splinter of wood, esp when embedded accidentally in the skin
a thin or diminutive person

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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
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Word Origin for skelf

from Scottish; see shelf
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Example sentences from the Web for 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