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adjective Scot.
  1. (of liquor, soup, etc.) watery; diluted or thin.
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Origin of skinking

First recorded in 1575–85; skink2 + -ing2


verb (used with object) Scot. Dialect.
  1. to serve (a beverage).
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Origin of skink2

1350–1400; Middle English skynken < Middle Dutch schenken, schinken; cognate with Old English scencan, German schenken
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  • That feat does not hinder them from their skinking, and it blunts not their intelligence thereat.

    The Harvard Classics, Volume 49, Epic and Saga


British Dictionary definitions for skinking


  1. any lizard of the family Scincidae, commonest in tropical Africa and Asia, having reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with smooth scalesRelated adjective: scincoid
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin scincus a lizard, from Greek skinkos
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Word Origin and History for skinking



1580s, from Middle French scinc (Modern French scinque), from Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos, some kind of lizard common in Asia and North Africa, of unknown origin.

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