[ skep ]
/ skɛp /


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

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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for skep

/ (skɛp) /


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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