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noun,plural sker·ries.Chiefly Scot.
  1. a small, rocky island.

  2. a coastline with a series of such islands offshore.

Origin of skerry

1605–15; Shetland dial. skerri a rock in the sea <Old Norse sker (genitive plural skerja) rock or reef (in the sea). See scar2

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How to use skerry in a sentence

  • skerry Hill was the absurdly-named trading store of a man named Minton, and at present it was in a state of siege.

    Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
  • But he was so much more sharp-sighted than they, that he was able to discern men upon the skerry. '

  • There was only one spot where even in moderate weather a landing could be without difficulty effected on Ossa skerry.

  • At last they got sufficiently to the westward to look along the outer side of Ossa skerry.

  • I've boiled 'undreds of 'em—skerry blues, magnums, queen of them all, Cheshires—none of 'em takes more than half an hour.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia | Mabel Barnes-Grundy

British Dictionary definitions for skerry


/ (ˈskɛrɪ) /

nounplural -ries mainly Scot
  1. a small rocky island

  2. a reef

Origin of skerry

C17: Orkney dialect, from Old Norse sker scar ²

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