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skillion

[skil-yuh n]
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noun Australian.
  1. a lean-to serving as a room or a shed.
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Origin of skillion

1860–65; alteration of skilling, orig. dial. (S England), Middle English skyling; sense suggests kinship with dial. scale hut, shed (< Old Norse skāli; cf. shiel), but phonetic development obscure; see -ing3
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Examples from the Web for skillion

Historical Examples

  • I put the other horses back in the yard, the saddles in the skillion, got on my horse and rode off.

    Children of the Bush

    Henry Lawson

  • Jack Drew camped in a skillion room behind his printing office, and had his meals at the Royal.

    Over the Sliprails

    Henry Lawson

  • I noticed the storm had taken a sheet of iron off the skillion, and supposed he'd sleep at the Royal that night.

    Over the Sliprails

    Henry Lawson

  • Next day I found one of the skillion rooms scrubbed out and a bed fixed up for me.


British Dictionary definitions for skillion

skillion

noun
  1. Australian
    1. a part of a building having a lower, esp sloping, roof; lean-to
    2. (as modifier)a skillion roof
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Word Origin

C19: from English dialect skilling outhouse
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