a round farm basket of wicker or wood.
Also skepful. the amount contained in a skep.
a beehive, especially of straw.

Nearby words

  1. skelton,
  2. skelton, john,
  3. sken,
  4. skene,
  5. skene dhu,
  6. skepful,
  7. skeptic,
  8. skeptical,
  9. skeptically,
  10. skepticism

Origin of skep

before 1100; Middle English skeppe, late Old English sceppe < Old Norse skeppa half-bushel; akin to German Scheffel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skep



a beehive, esp one constructed of straw
mainly dialect a large basket of wickerwork or straw

Word Origin for skep

Old English sceppe, from Old Norse skeppa bushel; related to Old High German sceffil bushel

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Word Origin and History for skep



quantity measure for grain, etc.; basket, grain receptacle, c.1100, from Old Norse skeppa "basket, bushel." Related: Skepful.

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