[ skohl ]
/ skoʊl /


(used as a toast in drinking someone's health.)


a toast.

verb (used without object)

to drink a toast.

Origin of skoal

1590–1600; < Danish skaal, Norwegian, Swedish skål; compare Old Norse skāl bowl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for skoal



also skol, Scandinavian toasting word, c.1600, from Danish skaal "a toast," literally "bowl, cup," from Old Norse skal "bowl, drinking vessel," originally a cup made from a shell, from Proto-Germanic *skelo, from PIE *(s)kel- (1) "to cut" (see shell (n.)). The word first appears in Scottish English, and may have been connected to the visit of James VI of Scotland to Denmark in 1589.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper