SKATE – see SKATING
SKATEBOARDING – NOUNS
– BEEF in skateboarding: a fall on the butt …20C teen & high school sl.
– BOARDING riding a skateboard …20C teen & high school sl.
– BOOGIE-BOARD a skateboard …Bk2006 US teens sl.
– CRANE in skateboarding: a manoeuvre in which the rider crouches on one foot, extending the other leg outwards …1976 US sl.
– FAKIE in skateboarding: a travelling-backwards manoeuvre …1996 UK sl.
– NOLLIE in skateboarding: a manoeuvre similar to an ‘ollie’ but off the nose of the board, rather than the tail …Aust. skateboarding usage
– OLLIE in skateboarding and snowboarding: a manoeuvre in which one drives the board up into the air off a flat surface without holding the board, often in order to perform a jump over an obstacle …1979 Aust. sl.
– RAD PAD in skateboarding: a rubber wedge used as a shock pad that changes the angles at which the axle assembly is mounted …1976 US sl.
– ROAD RASH cuts and grazing caused by falling off a skateboard …1970 sl.
– SIDEWALK SURFING skateboarding …1970s US sl.
– SKATEY a skateboard …Aust. sl.
– VERT in skateboarding: an almost vertical ramp …2003 UK sl.
– WOBBLIES a powerful and deep vibration of the board while skateboarding fast …1976 US sl.
– WOBS a powerful and deep vibration of the board while skateboarding fast …1976 US sl.
– WOOD RASH any injury, esp. grazing, sustained when riding a skateboard on a wooden ramp …2001 US sl.
SKATEBOARDING – NOUNS, PERSON
– BOARDER a skateboarder …20C teen & high school sl.
– GEEK an awkward skateboarder or a pedestrian who gets in the way …1976 US sl.
– POLEDAD an annoying, new-to-the-sport skateboarder …1964 US sl.
– RAGER a skilled, aggressive surfer or skateboarder …1997 US sl.
– SIDEWALK SURFER a skateboarder …1970s US sl.
– SK8R a skateboard rider …Aust. sl.
– SKATE BETTY a girl who associates with skateboarders, perhaps skateboarding herself …1989 US sl.
– SKATER a skateboard rider …Aust. sl.
– SKATE RAT a devoted skateboarder …1989 US sl.
SKATEBOARDING – VERBS
– BEEF to crack up and get injured …Bk2006 US sl.
– CARVE in skateboarding: to take a turn sharply …1976 US sl.
– DAG to slow down, esp. on a skateboard …20C teen & high school sl.
– DECK to ride a skateboard …1990s sl., orig. US teen
– FACE-PAINT to fall off a skateboard onto one’s face …20C teen & high school sl.
– PUMMEL to skateboard fearlessly without regard to the effect on the board or body …1984 US sl.
SKATING – NOUNS
– DUTCH GALOSHES skates …a1687 obs.
– GLACIARIUM a skating-rink with ice artificially produced …1878
– QUOIT the act of skating …1825 Sc.
– ROCKER a skate with a curved blade …M19
– SKATCHER a skate …1790 Sc.
– SKEET an ice skate …1800 Amer. dial.
– SKETCHER a skate …1790 Sc.
– TEETERING the sport of skating on yielding ice …1921 Amer. dial.
SKATING – NOUNS, PERSON
– ARENA RAT a young person who hangs around a skating arena …1957 Can. sl.
– ICEMAN a man appointed to look after the ice on a skating-pond and assist in cases of accident – a skating attendant …1845
– LAMB an expert skater …1898 Sc. school sl. obs.
– RINK RAT a skating enthusiast …Bk1942 US sl.
– SKATIST one who is fond of skating …1876
SKATING – VERBS
– LAMB to skate expertly …1898 Sc. school sl. obs.
– QUOIT to skate …1825 Sc.
– SCLY to slide, to slither, to skate, as on ice …1802 Sc.
– SCOR; SCORE to slide or skate on the ice …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SKEET to skate or slide on ice …1872 Amer. dial.
– SKIRR to slide or skate swiftly …1811 Eng. dial.
– SKLIRE to slide, to slither, to skate, as on ice …1802 Sc.
– SKLOY to slide, to slither, to skate, as on ice …1802 Sc.
SKELETON – ADJECTIVES
– CARRION skeleton-like …1565 obs.
– SKELETONIAN resembling a skeleton; lean, thin …1801 rare
– SKELETONTAL skeleton-like …1651 obs. rare
– SKELETONY skeleton-like …1852
SKELETON – ADVERBS
– SKELETONLY like a skeleton …1847 rare
SKELETON – NOUNS
– ANATOMY a skeleton …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ATOMY a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– ATTAMIE a skeleton …1790 Sc.
– BONES a skeleton …Bk1904 Amer. college sl.
– BONES OF MISERY, THE a skeleton …1892 Sc.
– CAGE OF BONES a skeleton …1860 Eng. dial.
– FRAME the skeleton of an animal, bird, or fish (used by trappers and hunters) …Bk1913 Amer. dial.
– NATOMY a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– NOTOMIZE a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– NOTOMY a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– NOTTAMY a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– OTOMY a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– OTTIMAZE a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– OTTIMIZE a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– OTTOMY a skeleton …1790 Eng. dial.
– RACKABONE a skeleton; an emaciated person or animal …E19 US sl.
– RACKER a skeleton; an emaciated person or animal …E19 US sl.
– RACKERBONE a skeleton; an emaciated person or animal …E19 US sl.
– RACK OF BONES a skeleton; an emaciated person or animal …E19 US sl.
– RAGABANES the skeleton of a fish or animal …Bk1905 Sc.
– RAME the bones or skeleton of a human being or animal; generally plural …1497 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– RAMES a skeleton, a carcass; the framework or ligaments of anything; remains, remnants …E19 Eng. dial.
– RICKLE a very lean person or animal, a skeleton …1824 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– RICKLE OF BONES a very lean person or animal, a skeleton …1824 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCRAE; SCRAY; SKRAE a thin, skinny person or animal; anything thin and shrivelled; a skeleton …1802 Sc.
– SKELET a skeleton …1565 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– SKELLY a skeleton …2000s sl.
SKETCH, SKETCHING – NOUNS
– ADUMBRATION representation in outline; sketching; an outline, a sketch, a shadowy figure; a faint or light sketch or description …1552
– SKIFF a slight sketch, trace, touch, etc. of something …1839 Sc.
– SKIM a hasty sketch or survey …1889
– TABLE a sketch, plan, scheme …a1577 obs.
SKETCH etc. – VERBS
– ADUMBRATE to represent the shadow of anything, to draw or figure in outline; to outline, to sketch, to give a faint indication of …1641
– TAKE to sketch; to draw …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
SKEWER – NOUNS
– a skewer SKIVEL 1790 Eng. dial.
– a skewer SKIVER 1664 chiefly Eng. dial.
SKI – NOUNS (also see SKIING)
– metal skis CHEATERS 1963 Amer. dial.
– skis LATS 2003 US sl.
SKID ROW – NOUNS
– skid row; the part of a city notorious for low life BOWERY 1967 Amer. dial.
– skid row; a red-light district; an area of cheap housing LINE 1927 Amer. dial.
SKIING – NOUNS
– CRUD in skiing and snowboarding: wet or heavy snow on which it is difficult to ski, esp. characterized by a breakable surface curst overlying a deep layer of soft snow …1961
– DAFFY a skiing stunt in which one ski is swung up in front of the skier while the other is brought up behind and parallel to the first, the whole being a form of mid-air splits …1984 UK usage
– EGGBEATER in skiing: a head-over-heels fall …1950 Amer. dial.
– MOTORWAY when skiing, a broad, easy piste …1982 UK sl.
SKIING – NOUNS, PERSON
– AD HOCER a skier who arrives at a chalet without a previous booking …Bk1984 sl.
– BASE AREA STONE GRINDER a student who can’t stop and, therefore, skis right into the parking lot …Bk1997 ski instructors’ usage
– BASHER a poor skier who often loses control of his run; hence, a fast, reckless skier …1949 US sl.
– DOG in skiing: a show-off …1976 US sl.
– GAPER a novice skier, or a non-skier watching others …1990 US sl.
– SKI BUM a person who frequents ski resorts habitually, often doing casual jobs, for the sake of skiing …1963 Amer. sl.
– SKI BUNNY a female who is learning to ski …1963 US sl.
– SKI BUNNY a woman who frequents ski resorts to solicit rather than to ski …1963 US sl.
– SKISTER one who uses skis …1898
– SNOW BUNNY a woman who frequents the ski slopes as much for the sex as for the sport …1953 sl. orig. US
– TRAIL HOG a skier who is inconsiderate of other skiers, monopolizing a narrow trail …1963 US sl.
– WANKER TWO-PLANKER a skier as seen by a snowboarder, if they aren’t the best of friends …Bk1997 sl., derogatory
SKILFUL, SKILFULLY, SKILFULNESS, SKILL, SKILLED – ADJECTIVES
– ACE ON skilled at …1982 Bahamas sl.
– ADDRESSED well-ordered, having acquired skill, accomplished …1475 obs.
– AFFABROUS skilfully made; complete; finished in a workmanlike manner …1731 rare
– AKAMAI smart, clever, skilful, learned, expert, ingenious …1840 Hawaii
– APTISH skilful, useful, accurate …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BAD of persons: very tough; pugnacious; formidable; hence, formidably skilled …1855 Amer. sl., esp. Black usage
– BIONIC highly skilled or capable …1976 sl.
– BONZO skilful …1950s US criminals’ sl.
– CANNY skilful, clever …1768 Sc.
– COOL highly skilled or clever …colloq.
– CRAFTIOUS skilful, artistic …c1449 obs. rare
– DAB clever, skilful or skilled; expert; very conversant …18C colloq.
– DAEDAL skilful, cunning to invent or fashion…1590 chiefly poetical
– DAEDALIAN skilful, ingenious, formed with art …1607
– DAFT deft, skilful …? a1500 obs.
– DARB highly competent; unusually skilled or able; excellent, great …1930 US sl.
– DEXTERICAL dexterous, adroit, skilful …1607 obs.
– EXTRA excellent, unusually good; skilled, expert …1848 Amer. dial.
– FLY of the fingers: dexterous, nimble, skilful …1834
– GAIN handy, expert, skilful, deft, dexterous; workmanlike …a1300 Eng. dial.
– GREAT highly skilled or capable …1784
– HABILE having general readiness; handy, ready; skilful, deft, adroit, dexterous …1485
– HAGHER skilful, clever, dexterous; apt, fit …c1200 obs.
– HANDSOME of an agent: apt, skilled, clever …1547 obs.
– HANDSOME of action, speech, etc.: appropriate, apt, dexterous, skilful, clever, happy …1563-87 obs.
– KIDDY skilful, esp. in a criminal context …L18 sl.
– KNOWN having knowledge; acquainted with something; learned or skilled in …1655 obs.
– LESTY skilful, sagacious …1423 Sc. obs. rare
– MAGISTERIAL pert. to a master-workman; displaying a master’s skill; also, having the qualifications of a master …1643 obs.
– MUSTARD excellent, best, skilled …1925 Brit. sl.
– NICK-NACKIE dexterous or skilful in doing any piece of delicate work …B1900 Sc.
– NIFTY highly skilled or capable …1907 sl., orig. US
– PIE ON highly skilled or capable …1941 NZ sl.
– QUEME skilled, clever; smart, active …c1400 obs. rare
– SCIENCE skilful, proficient, expert …1926 Amer. dial.
– SCIENCED skilful, proficient, expert …1926 Amer. dial.
– SHIT-HOT outstanding, excellent, skilful …1942 sl.
– SKEELY skilled, skilful; having considerable skill in some respect …1768 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– SKILLY skilled, skilful; having considerable skill in some respect …1768 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– SLY marked or characterized by skill or dexterity; showing skilfulness or ingenuity; cleverly or finely made …1297 obs.
– SUBTILE of persons: clever, dexterous, skilful …c1374 obs.
– SUBTLE of craftsmen, etc.: skilful, clever, expert, dexterous …a1300 arch.
– TACKY good, skilled, clever …1950s W. Indies sl.
– TALL OF HIS HANDS ready, active, deft, skilful with one’s hands; dexterous, handy …1530 obs.
– TIDY able, skilful …c1350 obs.
– TIGHT of a person: competent, capable, able, skilful; alert, smart; lively, vigorous, stout …1598 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– VERSANT of persons: skilled, versed, or experienced in a subject, practice, etc., as the result of having been occupied with it …1766 rare
– WARE prudent, sagacious, cunning, skilled …c888 obs. exc. arch.
– WARE AND WISE prudent, sagacious, cunning, skilled …c888 obs. exc. arch.
– WITTY skilful, clever, intelligent …1952 Amer. dial.
SKILFUL etc. – ADVERBS
– ADDRESSLY with good address, courteously; skilfully …c1425 obs. rare
– CANNILY sagaciously, skilfully, prudently; cautiously, slyly; gently, softly; comfortably …1636 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– DOUGHTILY skilfully, earnestly …a1375 obs.
– FEATLY cleverly, deftly, skilfully …1436 arch.
– HANDSOMELY skilfully, dexterously, cleverly …1551 obs.
– LIKE AN ANGEL very skilfully; sublimely well …a1393
– SUBTLY cleverly, dexterously, skilfully; ingeniously, artfully, cunningly …c1350 arch.
SKILFUL etc. – NOUNS
– CAN skill, knowledge …1768 Scot
– CANNINESS sagacity, skilfulness, prudence, cautiousness; gentleness, quietness …a1662 Sc.
– CAST skill, art …c1320 obs.
– CURIOSITY proficiency attained by careful application; skill, cleverness, ingenuity …1603 obs.
– DAG a feat of skill; a daring act …L19 Aust. & NZ sl.
– DAZZITY the performance of a challenging action of strength, skill, or risk by boys …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– FACT a noble or brave deed, an exploit; a feat of valour or skill …1543 obs.
– HANDCRAFT manual skill, power, or work; handicraft …a975 obs.
– HANDSOMENESS skill, dexterity, ability, cleverness; propriety, becomingness, decency …1555 obs.
– MAISTRICE mastery; superiority, superior force or skill; a deed of might or skill; a feat …a1300 chiefly Sc. obs.
– MAISTRY skill, power, superiority, mastery …1818 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– MASTERY a competitive or emulative feat of strength or skill …1390 obs.
– SIGHT knowledge, skill, insight …1530 obs.
– SKILLZ skills, capabilities …1990s sl., orig. African-American usage
– SUBTILITY skill, cleverness, ingenuity …c1375 obs.
– SUBTILTY skill, cleverness, dexterity …c1386 obs.
– SUBTLETY skill, cleverness, dexterity …c1375 obs.
– VAND a skill, knack, or aptitude for doing something …1893 Sc.
– YOKE a game, a match; a trial of skill …1812 Sc.
SKILFUL etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– ACE a person who excels at something; one of extraordinary skill …E20
– ADEPT a person who is highly skilled or proficient at something …1674
– ANGEL a person of great ability, skill, etc.; one who is exceptionally talented in a particular field or context …1655
– ARTIST a person skilled or proficient at a particular task or occupation; an expert …1594 obs.
– BITCH an exceptionally skilled person …1946 sl., orig. US
– DAB a skilled or adept person; an expert …1691
– DAB HAND an expert; a skilled person; an adept …1828 colloq.
– DABS a dabster; an expert …1887 Brit. sl.
– DABSTER a clever workman; an expert in any business; one skilled at anything; an adept; a versatile person …1708 colloq.
– DABSTHER an expert or adept; a skilful workman …Bk1877 Eng. dial.
– DÆDAL skilful artificer or fabricator; a skilled worker or craftsman …c1630 obs.
– DÆDALIST an imitator of Dædalus; a skilled worker or craftsman …1713 nonce-word
– DÆDALUS a skilful or cunning artificer; a skilled worker or craftsman …c1630
– DANDY a person or thing that is admirable, remarkable, excellent, wonderful, first-rate, superior, etc.; a skilful person …1784 colloq.
– DANDY, THE one that is most attractive, neat, skilful, or stylish; now a stylish or first-class example of anything; precisely the thing needed, esp. if fashionable …1784 colloq.
– HOT CUP OF TEA, A ‘hot stuff’; a person very excellent, skilful, or energetic at a game, etc. …c1880 sl.
– HOT DOG a highly skilled person who is boastful or flashy …1900 Amer. sl.
– HOTTIE; HOTTY a skilled, successful, or important person …1910 Aust. & NZ sl. rare
– JIM-CRACK an extreme or outstanding example of its kind; something that is in the very best condition; an exceptionally skilful person …1834 Amer. dial.
– JIMCRACKER an extreme or outstanding example of its kind; something that is in the very best condition; an exceptionally skilful person …1937 Amer. dial.
– JIMCRACKY an extreme or outstanding example of its kind; something that is in the very best condition; an exceptionally skilful person …1970 Amer. dial.
– JIM-DANDY a very skilled or expert person …1966 Amer. dial.
– MACK DADDY a very successful or skilful man …1990s African-American sl.
– MASTER HAND a highly skilled worker …1709
– MASTER-MAN a person skilled in some art or craft …c1250 obs.
– MCDADDY a very successful or skilful man …1990s African-American sl.
– MIVVY a skilled person …1906 sl.
– OLD HAND one who has been long employed or has experience in any business; one who is skilful in doing something; an expert, a veteran …1785
– RINGER a skilled person …1848 Aust. & NZ sl.
– SKILL a skilled person …a1657 obs.
– WHIZ; WHIZZ; WIZ a skilled person …1914 sl., orig. US
– WIZARD an expertly skilled person …1620
SKILFUL etc. – PHRASES
– HE KNOWS HIS P’S AND Q’S he knows his business well; he is skilled in his job …Bk1974 Amer. sl.
SKILFUL etc. – VERBS
– GO JESSE to be energetic or skilful; to go great guns …c1950 Amer. dial.
– KEN to have skill; to be accomplished in …1362 obs. rare
– MONKEY-PAW to handle with great skill …19C Royal Navy colloq.
– SKILL to have knowledge of, or skill in, something …1540 obs.
SKILLET – NOUNS
– a skillet PIGGIN 1952 Amer. dial.
SKIM – VERBS
– to skim along a surface, with occasional rapid contact SKITTER 1885 US
– to skim; to remove a floating layer from a liquid SCUM; SKUM 1909 Amer. dial.
– to skim; to touch lightly in passing over SKIFF 1807-10 Sc.
SKIMPY – ADJECTIVES
– skimpy, meager SCRIMY 1943 Amer. dial.
SKIN – ADJECTIVES (also see BLACK, MIXED RACE)
– BLACK AS THE ACE OF SPADES very black or dark; of a person: having very dark skin …1817 colloq., now usually offensive
– BLACK-FAVOURED of dark or grimy complexion …1843 Ireland
– BRIGHT of the complexion, skin, etc.: having a healthy glow; fair and rosy-cheeked …c1250 obs.
– CARNATION adj. flesh-coloured …1565-78 obs.
– CARNATIONED flesh-coloured …1649 obs.
– CARNEOUS flesh-coloured, pale red …1673 obs.
– COCOBAY having a skin covered in repulsive sores …20C W. Indies sl.
– DAMBLACK extremely dark-skinned …1930s African-American sl.
– DUSKY ethnically dark-skinned, esp. Black or Aboriginal …1827
– HALE-SKINNT having a whole skin without sores or disease …Bk1905 Sc.
– HASTERED having the skin roughened by contact with the weather, or disease …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– HAZLED rough, chapped like the skin in frosty weather …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– RED light-skinned …1920s African-American sl.
– RED-ASS light-skinned …1920s African-American sl.
– RED-SKINNED light-skinned …1920s African-American sl.
– SALLOW of the skin or complexion: having a sickly yellow or brownish yellow colour …a1000
– SCRAN’D of the skin: chapped …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– VERSIPELLOUS having the faculty of changing the skin …1650 obs.
SKIN – NOUNS
– BARE a naked part of the body; the bare skin …c1300 obs.
– BARK the skin, epidermis …1727 Eng. dial.
– BARNEY-GUN an eruption on the skin; also, shingles …1746 Eng. dial.
– BARN-GUN an eruption on the skin; also, shingles …1746 Eng. dial.
– BLIPE; BLYPE a shred of skin when it peels off; a lump …Bk1911 Sc.
– BUFF the skin …1654 colloq.
– CABAROUSE a thickening or hardening of the skin …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– CARNATION the colour of human ‘flesh’ or skin; flesh-colour …c1535 obs.
– CREEPING CRUD a variety of skin diseases; any skin disorder …World War II US military usage
– DEAD MAN’S PINCHES small discoloured marks on the skin; black and blue spots on one’s skin that one cannot account for …1883 Ireland & Amer. dial.
– DUDLEY a sore; hence, any kind of uncomfortable skin condition …1992 UK rhyming sl. (Dudley Moore)
– DUDLEY MOORE a sore; hence, any kind of uncomfortable skin condition …1992 UK rhyming sl.
– EFFLORESCENCE colour developed on the skin, either in the ordinary course of nature, or as the result of disease …1646 obs.
– ENAMEL skin …1940s African-American sl.
– FAIRFLE a skin eruption; a state of itch …1825 Sc. obs.
– FARACK; FARRACK a small mark on the skin …Bk1900 Sc.
– GNAT BREAD decayed skin tissue …1944 Amer. dial.
– GNAT BUTTER decayed skin tissue …1908 Amer. dial.
– GOOSE-SKIN the wrinkled and colourless skin of the hands, caused by being long in water …1912 Amer. dial.
– HACK a crack or chap in the skin, generally caused by exposure to cold, wet, or frost …1808 Sc.
– HAME skin …c1000 obs.
– HAZLE the dried appearance presented by the skin before it chaps …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– HIDE the skin …a1000, now jocular
– HIDE AND HUE skin and complexion; the visible outer part of the body … obs.
– JACKET the human skin …17C sl.
– LAP a fold of flesh or skin; occasionally, the female pudendum …1398 obs.
– LEATHER skin …1303
– NAKED, THE the naked skin …a1400-50 obs. rare
– PAINT JOB one’s skin colour …2000s US sl.
– PASSION BITE a mark on the skin caused by sucking or biting; a hickey …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASSION BLISTER a mark on the skin caused by sucking or biting; a hickey …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASSION BUMP a mark on the skin caused by sucking or biting; a hickey …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASSION KISS a mark on the skin caused by sucking or biting; a hickey …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASSION MARK a mark on the skin caused by sucking or biting; a hickey …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASSION PIMPLE a mark on the skin caused by sucking or biting; a hickey …1965 Amer. dial.
– PASSION SPOT a mark on the skin caused by sucking or biting; a hickey …1965 Amer. dial.
– SCOWDER the skin frayed with heat and friction during violent exercise …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SEVEN-YEAR ITCH any skin condition that causes chronic itching; an itch supposed to last for seven years …1854 Amer. dial.
– SKIN-COAT a person’s skin …1589 obs.
– SKIN-FLICK a slide used by a dermatologist to illustrate diseases during teaching rounds …1980 US sl.
– SKIN GAME the science of dermatology …1980 US sl.
– TETTER any kind of skin disease or itching caused by eczema, ringworm, poison ivy, etc. …1737 Amer. dial.
– VERA skin …1940s rhyming sl. (Vera Lynn)
– VERA LYNN skin …1940s rhyming sl.
– WARISH hard skin, a callosity, a callous …1570 obs.
SKIN – NOUNS, PERSON
– BACKRA NIGGER a light-skinned person and, as such, one who is despised …19C W. Indies sl.
– BLACK BOY a dark-skinned boy or youth …1530
– BLACK FELLOW a man having a black or very dark skin …1738
– DARKEE; DARKEY; DARKIE; DARKY an Australian aborigine; any person having very dark skin as a racial trait …1775 sl., now derogatory or offensive
– FAIR a person with fair hair or light skin …1771 rare
– FAIRSKIN a light-skinned person …1842
– GIPSIE; GIPSY; GYPSY a woman with dark skin, eyes or hair …1612 obs.
– MOKE a dark-skinned person of any race …1871 Amer. sl., usually contemptuous & offensive
– RED a person with a lighter skin colour from brown to near-White, but not pure Black …1920s W. Indies sl.
– RED-SKIN a person with a lighter skin colour from brown to near-White, but not pure Black …1920s W. Indies sl.
– TANLING one tanned by the sun’s rays; a dark-skinned person …1611 rare
– TANNY a dark-complexioned (tawny) person …Bk1880 Eng. dial.
– VELVET any dark-skinned woman …1956 Aust. sl.
– ZIT DOCTOR a dermatologist …1985 US teen sl.
SKIN – VERBS
– CASE to strip of the skin, to skin …1601 obs.
– HACK of the skin: to chap or crack; to make or become rough …c1779 Sc.
– RAGGLE to scrape or tear the skin …1808 Sc.
SKINFLINT – NOUNS, PERSON
– ANOINTER a miser, a skinflint …1892 Eng. dial.
– CHEAP-SCREW a stingy, miserly person; a penurious person; a skinflint; one who makes a sharp bargain …1899 Amer. dial.
– MONEY MISER a skinflint, a miserly person …1968 Amer. dial.
– NIPCHEESE a mean or miserly person; a parsimonious, covetous person; a skinflint …1825
– NIPFARTHING a mean miser; a skinflint; a niggardly person …1566 obs.
– PENNY-FATHER a man who is too careful of his pence; an old miser, a niggard, a skinflint, a parsimonious person …1549 obs.
– PIKER a cheapskate …E20 US sl.
– PINCHPENNY a miser, a niggard, a skinflint; a covetous man …c1412 obs.
– SCRAE; SKRAE; SKRAY a miser, a skinflint …1940 Sc.
– SCREW a stingy, miserly person; a penurious person; a skinflint; one who makes a sharp bargain …1899 Amer. dial.
– SCRIMP a miser; a skinflint; a mean, niggardly person …Bk1904 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– SHARE-PENNY one who would shear a penny; a niggardly person; a skinflint, a miser …1606 obs. rare
SKINHEAD – NOUNS
– AGGRO; AGRO aggressive or violent behaviour, esp. formerly by skinhead gangs …1969 Brit. sl.
– BOVVER trouble, fighting, violent behaviour, esp. when associated with skinhead culture …1969 UK sl.
– BOVVER BOOT a heavy-duty boot used as a kicking weapon, stereotypically worn by a skinhead …1969 UK sl.
SKINHEAD – NOUNS, PERSON
– BASH BOY a skinhead …1985 UK West sl.
– BASHETTE a female skinhead …1985 UK West sl.
– BEEFHEAD a skinhead, usually synonymous with a member of a right-wing/racist party …2001 Black British sl.
– BONEHEAD a bald-headed person; a skinhead; hence, an extreme skinhead haircut …1981 UK sl.
– BOVVER BOY a member of a hooligan gang, generally characterized as a skinhead, and therefore associated with extreme right-wing, racist violence …1970 UK
– SHARPIE a young person who adopts styles of hair, dress etc., similar to those of the British skinhead …1965 Aust. sl.
– SKIN a skinhead …1970 Brit. sl.
SKINNINESS, SKINNY – ADJECTIVES (also see THIN, LEAN, LANKY)
– CHOKE-BORED tall and thin, long-legged and skinny …1958 Amer. dial.
– CORPSY thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– FLATSIDED thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– LATHY thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– NARROW-ASSED having slim hips; thin, skinny …1916-22 Amer. sl.
– NARROW-GUTTED slim, skinny; thus, fig. narrow-minded …1910s US sl.
– POOR thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– RAKKIE in poor condition, skinny, emaciated …1967 Sc.
– RATTLEBONED thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– RIBBY thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– RIBEY poor, skinny, scrawny …1927 Amer. dial.
– SKINNISH thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– SKINNY AS A SAPLING WITH THE BARK SCRAPED OFF very thin, skinny …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– SKINNYMALINK thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– SLIM-JIM thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– SPARERIBBED thin; skinny …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
SKINNINESS etc. – NOUNS
– GYPPO’S DOG a standard of skinniness …2001 UK sl.
SKINNINESS etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– BAG-OF-BONES an emaciated person, a noticeably thin or skinny person …1764 sl.
– BARBER’S CAT a weak, sickly, malnourished person; a skinny man …1864 sl.
– BARE-BONE a lean, skinny person …1596
– BAREBONES a thin skinny person …1868 sl.
– BEAN-POLE a tall, skinny person …1837 Amer. sl.
– BEDFELLOW OF BONES a skinny, bony bedfellow …Bk1891 al.
– BEDFUL OF BONES an emaciated person; a very thin person; a skinny, bony bedfellow …1832 Sc.
– BONE-BAG a very thin or skinny person or animal …19C sl.
– BONE-HEAP a very thin or skinny person or animal …19C sl.
– BONES a skinny person …1960s sl.
– BUNDLE OF BONES a very thin or skinny person or animal …19C sl.
– MEESH a skinny little runt who acts like he goes looking for a fight every 2 minutes …c1990s Welsh playground sl.
– SCARCE-OF-FAT a thin or skinny person …1941 Amer. dial.
– SCRAE; SCRAY; SKRAE a thin, skinny person or animal; anything thin and shrivelled; a skeleton …1802 Sc.
– SPARERIBS a very thin or skinny person …1971 African-American sl.
– STACK OF BONES a very thin or skinny person or animal …19C sl.
SKINS – NOUNS
– skins or furs collectively SKINNERY c1460 obs.
SKIP, SKIPPING – ADJECTIVES
– SKIPJACK hopping, jumping, skipping …1605
– SKIPPISH inclined to skip …1576 obs.
SKIP etc. – NOUNS
– NICKYTOBAR fast turns of the rope in skipping …1929 Sc.
– SKITTER a light skipping movement or the sound caused by this …1905 US
SKIP etc. – VERBS
– CALEEVER to skip, to jump, to frolic about; to run about heedlessly or foolishly …1875 Eng. dial.
– CAPRIOLE to leap, to skip, to caper; also said of horses and their riders …1580
– CUT A CAPER to skip about playfully …a1616
– HALF-HAM to move with a hop, skip, and a jump …1906 Amer. dial.
– HALF-HAMMON to move with a hop, skip, and a jump …1906 Amer. dial.
– SALTATE to leap; to jump; to skip; to dance …1623 rare
– SCALE to skip, to bounce, to ricochet …a1870 Amer. dial.
– SCOUP to run, to move hastily; to scamper; to leap, to skip …1721 Sc.
– SKELP to skip, trip, walk, or run rapidly; to hurry …1721
– SKICE to move quickly and briskly; to skip or frisk about; to run …1591 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– SKIFT to move lightly and quickly; to skip, to run, to glide …a1586 obs.
– SKIFTER to move lightly and quickly; to skip, to run, to glide …1887
– SKIPPER to skip or hop …1845 rare
– SKITTER to skip or skim along a surface, with occasional rapid contact …1885 US
– TRIPUDIATE to dance, skip, or leap for joy or with excitement; to exult …1623
– WALLOCH to dance, skip, or romp in a noisy manner …1847 Sc.
SKIP STONES – see STONE
SKIRMISH, SKIRMISHING – ADJECTIVES
– IN MANGLE in a confused fight, skirmish, or scuffle …a1300 obs.
SKIRMISH etc. – NOUNS
– BICKER a skirmish, encounter, fight; an exchange of blows; skirmishing …1297
– BICKERING a skirmish, skirmishing …1297
– BICKERMENT a skirmish, skirmishing …1586
– BRABBLE a brawl, a skirmish, or petty war …1577 obs.
– CARMUICHE skirmish …1535 Sc. obs.
– SCRAP a fight, a tussle, a skirmish …1846
– SCRIMMAGE a skirmish; a scramble; an altercation, a fight …1902 Amer. dial.
– SCRIMMISH a skirmish …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SKIRM movement as in fighting or fencing; skirmish …c1400 obs. rare
– SKIRMERY skirmishing, fighting, fencing …c1450 obs. rare
– SKRIMMISH a skirmish …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– VELITATION a slight or preliminary engagement with an enemy; a skirmish; a fight or scuffle …1616 rare
SKIRMISH etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– BICKERER a skirmisher …1611
– HUSSAR a skirmisher; a free-lance in literature or debate …1768
SKIRMISH etc. – VERBS
– BICKER to skirmish, to exchange blows, to fight …1330
– DIMICATE to fight, to contend, to skirmish …1656 obs.
– SCRIMMAGE; SCRIMMIDGE to skirmish, to quarrel; to scramble; to argue …Bk1904 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SKIRM to fence, to skirmish …c1205 obs.
– SKRIM to skirmish; to dart …1375 Sc.
– VELITAND to skirmish …1641 obs.
– VILITANDE to skirmish …1641 obs.
SKITTISH – ADJECTIVES (also see HORSES – adjectives)
– BOGLESOME shy, skittish …Bk1911 Sc.
– BOOGERISH skittish, inclined to shy …1975 Amer. dial.
– BOOGERY skittish, inclined to shy …1941 Amer. dial.
– BUGGERISH skittish, inclined to shy …1894 Amer. dial.
– CORKY light, trifling, frivolous; buoyant, lively, springy; hence, skittish, ticklish, restive …1601 colloq.
– HATTLE wild, skittish, mischievous; uncertain in temper; often used of a skittish cow …1691 Eng. dial.
– TICKLISH skittish, mettlesome …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TID lively, sprightly, frolicsome; skittish, restless, fidgety …1825 Eng. dial.
SKITTISH – VERBS
– SKIT to shy or be skittish; to move lightly and rapidly; to caper, to leap, to spring …1611
SKULK, SKULKING – ADJECTIVES
– MEACHING; MEECHING; MICHING skulking, cringing; self-deprecating, obsequious; contemptible, useless, good-for-nothing …1792 Amer. dial.
SKULK etc. – NOUNS
– LUSKING an idling, a skulking …1579 obs.
– SKULKERY the practice of skulking …c1400 obs.
SKULK etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– MICHIN a skulking boy, one who is sly in doing mischief …Bk1828 Eng. dial.
– MOCHER a skulker …Bk1896 Eng. dial.
– SCONCE a skulking person …Bk1904 N. Ireland
– SCOUK a skulking, cowardly fellow; a sneak; one with a downcast or hangdog look …1882 Sc.
– SKOOK a skulking, cowardly fellow; a sneak; one with a hangdog look …1882 Sc.
SKULK etc. – VERBS
– DARK to skulk, to prowl or lurk about …1889 Eng. dial.
– LUSK to lie hid; to lie idly or at ease; to indulge in laziness; to skulk …c1330 obs.
– MEACH to slink, to skulk, to crawl, to cringe, to look ashamed …1833 Amer. dial.
– MEECH to sneak, to slink, to skulk; to idle stealthily or shamefacedly about; to creep about softly; to cringe; to look ashamed …1746 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– SCAWT ABOUT to skulk, to be lazy or idle; to stand or walk about doing nothing …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCOUK to skulk, to move in a stealthy, secretive way; to dodge or sneak about, to lurk; to conceal oneself, to hide; to seek shelter in hiding …1782 Sc.
– SKOOK to skulk; to scowl; to look angry, sulky, or furtive; to go about in a secret, guilty manner …1845 Sc.
– SNAKE to skulk or sneak …1818
– TAPIS; TAPISH to lie close to the ground, to lie low so as to be hid; to lurk, to skulk, to lie hid …c1330 obs. or arch.
SKULL – NOUNS
– BONE BOX the skull …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– BRAIN-BOX the skull …Bk1911 Sc.
– BRAIN BUCKET the skull or head …1856 sl. rare
– BRAIN-CANISTER the head, the skull …1865 pugilistic sl.
– BRAIN-CAP the skull …1812 rare
– BRAIN-PAN the skull …Bk1911 Sc.
– CALVAIR a skull …c1420 obs. rare
– DEAD MAN’S HEAD a skull, or figure of a skull …1557 obs.
– DEATH’S-FACE the head of Death figured as a skeleton; a human skull, a figure or representation of a skull, esp. as an emblem of mortality …1623 obs.
– DEATH’S-HEAD the head of Death figured as a skeleton; a human skull, a figure or representation of a skull, esp. as an emblem of mortality …1596
– DICKY the head, the skull …1873 Eng. dial.
– HARN-PAN the skull, the brain-pan …a1300 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– HEAD-BONE the skull …c1205 obs.
– HEAD-PAN the skull, the brain-pan …c1000 obs.
– HEAD-PIECE the head, skull, cranium …1579 arch.
– KNOWLEDGE-BOX the head; the skull …1796 humorous usage
– NIDDICK the nape of the neck; the whole head or skull …1558 Eng. dial.
– PACKY the skull, the head …1940s W. Indies sl.
– PAN the skull, esp. its upper part …c1330 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– SCOLLE the skull, the head; the brain; understanding, ability …Bk1904 Sc.
– SKELETON a skull …1936 Amer. dial.
SKULL-CAP – see HAT
SKUNK – NOUNS
– BET-PIYAN a polecat or skunk …1968 Amer. dial.
– CIVET KITTY a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– ESSENCE PEDDLER a skunk …1849 Amer. dial.
– FLUID-DRIVE KITTY a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– HOUSE KITTY a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– KITTY a skunk …1921 Amer. dial.
– KITTY-CAT a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– MUSK CAT a skunk …1843 Amer. dial.
– PERFUMED PUSSY a skunk …1966 Amer. dial.
– PERFUME KITTY a skunk …1966 Amer. dial.
– PERFUME MERCHANT a skunk …1946 Amer. dial.
– PERFUME PUSSY a skunk …1966 Amer. dial.
– PETUNIA a nickname for a skunk …1968 Amer. dial.
– PEW KITTY a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– PISS CAT a skunk …1966 Amer. dial.
– PISSER a skunk …1966 Amer. dial.
– PISS KITTY a skunk …1966 Amer. dial.
– POLE KITTY a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– SACHET a skunk …1967 Amer. dial.
– SACHET KITTEN a skunk …1921 Amer. dial.
– SACHET PUSSY a skunk …1921 Amer. dial.
– SASHAY KITTY a skunk …1982 Amer. dial.
– SKINK a skunk …1774 obs.
– SKUNKLET a young skunk …1894
– SMELL KITTY a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– STINK KITTY a skunk …1986 Amer. dial.
– STRIPED KITTEN a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– STRIPED KITTY a skunk …1965 Amer. dial.
– WOOD KITTY a skunk …1935 Amer. dial.
– WOOD PUSSY a skunk …1887 Amer. dial.
– WOODS CAT a skunk …1950 Amer. dial.
– WOODS KITTY a skunk …1928 Amer. dial.
– WOODS PUSSY a skunk …1950 Amer. dial.
SKUNK – VERBS
– MUSK vb. of a skunk: to spray …1968 Amer. dial.
SKY – ADJECTIVES
– CUMATICAL blue; of a sky colour …1622 obs.
– ELEMENTAL pert. to the sky; also, governed by celestial influences …1527 obs.
– GROUTY of the sky, weather: thundery, threatening rain …1744-50 Eng. dial.
– HAZELY said of a grey sky, no sun …1968 Amer. dial.
– HEAVEN-DIRECTED directed or pointing towards the sky …1732
– HEAVY of the sky, clouds, etc.: overcast with dark clouds; lowering, gloomy …1583
– MACKEREL-BACKED of clouds, the sky: dappled with small white fleecy clouds …1844
– SCAUMY of the sky: bright, clear …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SKIED seeming to touch or reach the sky; lofty …1730-46 rare
– SMEARED of the sky: overcast …1950 Amer. dial.
– SUBDIAL being in the open air, or under the open sky …1647 obs. rare
SKY – NOUNS
– AIR the sky, clouds …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– APPLE PIE the sky …1940s rhyming sl.
– BLUE (THE) the sky …1647
– BLUE BLANKET the sky …1726
– BORIE a clear opening of the sky in wet weather …Bk1911 Sc.
– BUTTERMILK SKY the sky when filled with small, curd-like or patchy clouds; the clouds themselves …1946 Amer. dial.
– CARRY the clouds collectively, sky …1788
– DARKEE; DARKEY; DARKY a cloudy sky …E19 US criminals’ sl.
– ELEMENT the sky …c1485 obs. exc. Eng. & Amer. dial.
– GLIN; GLINN a bright streak in the sky …1903 Amer. dial.
– HAWK’S MOUTH a light sky with a sullen horizon above a black sea; it is considered a sure sign of bad weather …1985 Amer. dial.
– LIFT the sky …1952 Amer. dial.
– MACKEREL-SKY a sky dappled with small white fleecy clouds (cirro-cumulus) …1669
– OCCIDENT the region of the sky in which the sun and other heavenly bodies set, or the corresponding region of the earth; the west …c1386 rare
– OCCIENT the region of the sky in which the sun and other heavenly bodies set, or the corresponding region of the earth; the west …c1460 obs.
– PACKET-BOYS small, well-defined, roundish masses of cloud; a mackerel sky …1873 Sc.
– SCAM a sudden glow of heat or red in the sky …1939 Sc.
– SKEW the sky or heaven …a1300 obs.
– SKEWS the skies, heavens, or clouds …c1320 obs.
SKY – VERBS
– LAPPER of the sky: to have a blotched or mottled appearance …1923 Sc.
– RACK UP of the sky or clouds: to clear up …1626
– SCOUL of the sky: to look red …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
SKYDIVING – NOUNS, PERSON
– a negative term for a beginning skydiver who goes zooming past a formation ZOOMIE Bk1997 skydiving usage