- a round farm basket of wicker or wood.
- Also skepful. the amount contained in a skep.
- a beehive, especially of straw.
Origin of skep
Examples from the Web for skep
Historical Examples of skep
He snatched the lanthorn Joe carried, held it down, and stepped off the skep.
And if I had been wearing a scarlet garter I would have tied it round their skep.Memoirs of a Midget
Walter de la Mare
This skep (a beehive made of woven straw) was made in the 1950s but is of a sort that has been used since ancient times.
“Quickly as you can,” shouted the Colonel, as the skep went down; but the engineer shook his head.
“Now, then, lower away;” and as he spoke he stooped down quickly seized the dog by the collar, and swung him out of the skep.
- a beehive, esp one constructed of straw
- mainly dialect a large basket of wickerwork or straw
Word Origin for skep
Word Origin and History for skep
quantity measure for grain, etc.; basket, grain receptacle, c.1100, from Old Norse skeppa "basket, bushel." Related: Skepful.