/ (ˈskɪlɪ) /
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mainly British a thin soup or gruel
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Word Origin for skilly
C19: shortened from skilligallee, probably a fanciful formation
Words nearby skilly
skillful, skilling, skillion, skill-less, skill set, skilly, Skil Saw, skim, ski mask, skimble-scamble, skimboard
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How to use skilly in a sentence
Having taken a cold bath on entering, I would be given for supper six ounces of bread and “three parts of skilly.”
I let go, and they looked reproachfully at me, as though I had imperilled their chance for a bed and three parts of skilly.
The pannikin contained skilly, three-quarters of a pint, a mixture of Indian corn and hot water.
I struggled manfully, but was mastered by my qualms, and half-a-dozen mouthfuls of skilly and bread was the measure of my success.
This bitterness which lingered persistently in the mouth after the skilly had passed on, I found especially repulsive.