[skel-uh m]

Origin of skellum

1605–15; < Dutch schelm rogue, knave < Middle Low German; cognate with German Schelm rogue, Old High German skelmo, scalmo plague, corpse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for skellum

Historical Examples of skellum

  • Old Coetzee saved me the trouble of answering, for he broke in with Skellum!

    Prester John

    John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for skellum


  1. archaic, dialect, or Southern African a rogue

Word Origin for skellum

C17: via Dutch from Old High German skelmo devil
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