noun, plural sker·ries. Chiefly Scot.

a small, rocky island.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for skerry

beach, shoal, atoll, bar, ridge, bank, rock, cay, skerry

Examples from the Web for skerry

Historical Examples of skerry

  • He was ahint the skerry when we were in the geo, and heard a'.

    Viking Boys

    Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby

  • With skill and caution Yaspard brought his boat alongside of the skerry.

    Viking Boys

    Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby

  • I do not know,' says Leif, 'whether it is a ship or a skerry that I see.'

  • Whatever was pinkish of it was now hidden by a skerry of weedy boulders.

  • So, they had considered it, and found that to tarry on the skerry longer was impossible.

    On the Seaboard

    August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for skerry


noun plural -ries mainly Scot

a small rocky island
a reef

Word Origin for skerry

C17: Orkney dialect, from Old Norse sker scar ²
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Word Origin and History for skerry

"isolated rock in the sea," 1610s, from Old Norse sker, related to skera "to cut off" (see shear (v.)).

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