[ sking-king ]
/ ˈskɪŋ kɪŋ /

adjective Scot.

(of liquor, soup, etc.) watery; diluted or thin.

Origin of skinking

First recorded in 1575–85; skink2 + -ing2

Definition for skinking (2 of 2)


[ skingk ]
/ skɪŋk /

verb (used with object) Scot. Dialect.

to serve (a beverage).

Origin of skink

1350–1400; Middle English skynken < Middle Dutch schenken, schinken; cognate with Old English scencan, German schenken Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skinking


/ (skɪŋk) /


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

Word Origin for skink

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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