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skelp

1

or scelp

[ skelp ]
/ skɛlp /
Scot. and North England
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noun

a slap, smack, or blow, especially one given with the open hand.
the sound of such a slap or smack.

verb (used with object)

to slap, smack, or strike (someone), especially on the buttocks; spank.
to drive (animals) by slapping or goading them.

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Origin of skelp

1
1350–1400; Middle English; probably imitative

Definition for skelp (2 of 2)

skelp2
[ skelp ]
/ skɛlp /

noun

metal in strip form that is fed into various rolls and welded to form tubing.

Origin of skelp

2
First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of skelp1
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British Dictionary definitions for skelp (1 of 2)

skelp1
/ (skɛlp) dialect /

verb

(tr) to slap

noun

a slap

Word Origin for skelp

C15: probably of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for skelp (2 of 2)

skelp2
/ (skɛlp) /

noun

sheet or plate metal that has been curved and welded to form a tube

Word Origin for skelp

C19: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic sgealb thin strip of wood
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