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/ (ˈskɛlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

a whitefish, Coregonus stigmaticus, of certain lakes in the Lake District

Nearby words

skeletonize, skelf, skelic index, skell, skellum, skelly, skelm, skelmersdale, skelp, skelter, skelton

Word Origin for skelly

C18: perhaps from dialect skell a shell or scale, and so called because of its large scales

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/ (ˈskɛlɪ) Scot and Northern English dialect /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr)

to look sideways or squint

noun plural -lies

a quick look; glance


Also: skelly-eyed cross-eyed

Word Origin for skelly

probably from Old Norse, from skjalgr wry; related to Old English sceolh a squint
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