mainly British a thin soup or gruel

Word Origin for skilly

C19: shortened from skilligallee, probably a fanciful formation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Examples from the Web for skilly

Historical Examples of skilly

  • It's the skilly, it's the four-ounce system, I 'm afraid of.

  • Same as you had before—bread and water, and skilly o' Sundays!

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • I say, though, did you know that he was a pauper, and lived on skilly?

    Brownsmith's Boy

    George Manville Fenn

  • The big fellow was pulpier than ever; his complexion the colour of skilly.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • You're living on the fat of the land—you shall see how you like skilly!

    Young Blood

    E. W. Hornung