[skil-yuh n]

noun Australian.

a lean-to serving as a room or a shed.

Nearby words

  1. skilless,
  2. skillet,
  3. skillful,
  4. skillfully,
  5. skilling,
  6. skilly,
  7. skim,
  8. skim milk,
  9. skim off,
  10. skim-milk

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for skillion

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

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for skillion



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

Word Origin for skillion

C19: from English dialect skilling outhouse

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