[ skel-uhm ]
/ ˈskɛl əm /
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noun Chiefly Scot.
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Origin of skellum
1605–15; <Dutch schelm rogue, knave <Middle Low German; cognate with German Schelm rogue, Old High German skelmo, scalmo plague, corpse
Words nearby skellum
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Example sentences from the Web for skellum
O de skellum Frisco, ic weit neit waer ic be, ic go and hit my nose op dit post, and ic go and hit my nose op dandern post.
Old Coetzee saved me the trouble of answering, for he broke in with Skellum!Prester John|John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for skellum
/ (ˈskɛləm) /
archaic, dialect, or Southern African a rogue
Word Origin for skellum
C17: via Dutch from Old High German skelmo devil
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