skillion

[ skil-yuhn ]

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

Origin of skillion

1
First recorded in 1860–65; alteration of skilling, originally dialect (S England), Middle English skyling; sense suggests kinship with dialectal scale “hut, shed” (from Old Norse skāli; ), but phonetic development obscure; see -ing3,cf. shiel

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How to use skillion in a sentence

  • 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.

  • We walked together towards the Union Office, where I had a camp in the skillion-room at the back.

    Children of the Bush | Henry Lawson
  • She went to her bedroom—a small, low, slab skillion, built on to the end of the house—and fell on her knees by the bunk.

    Over the Sliprails | Henry Lawson

British Dictionary definitions for skillion

skillion

/ (ˈskɪlɪən) /


noun
  1. Australian

    • a part of a building having a lower, esp sloping, roof; lean-to

    • (as modifier): a skillion roof

Origin of skillion

1
C19: from English dialect skilling outhouse

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