noun Scot and Northern English dialect
- a splinter of wood, esp when embedded accidentally in the skin
- a thin or diminutive person
from Scottish; see shelf
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Examples from the Web for skelf
They're her beuks maistly upo' the skelf there abune yer ain, Mr. Sutherlan'.
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.