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skell

[skel]
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noun Slang.
  1. a homeless person who lives on the streets, sleeps in doorways or subways, etc.; derelict.
  2. a slovenly person.
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Origin of skell

First recorded in 1950–55; perhaps shortening of skeleton
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Historical Examples

  • At last they heard the far-away voice of the dove, another of Skell's people, and then they gave up the useless pursuit.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • This was called Skeldale, or the vale of the Skell, a rivulet running through it from the west to the eastward part of it.

    Woodland Gleanings

    Charles Tilt

  • Far below, the silver waters of the Skell meander softly amongst statues of tritons, throwing up innumerable fountain streams.