Definition of skewbald in English:


Syllabification: skew·bald
Pronunciation: /ˈskyo͞obôld


(Of an animal) with irregular patches of white and another color (properly not black). Compare with piebald.
More example sentences
  • She slipped through the gate back into the village and soon found her skewbald horse.
  • Bee was a skewbald Arab with long slender legs and a beautiful face.
  • He was a handsome 10-year-old skewbald native cross called Gaffer.


Back to top  
A skewbald animal, especially a horse.
More example sentences
  • Piebalds, skewbalds and plain foxy ponies were fetching from 1,000 upwards and donkeys were also in demand, with good class mares reported to be also making 1,000 and more.


mid 17th century: from obsolete skewed 'skewbald' (of uncertain origin), on the pattern of piebald.

Definition of skewbald in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
turned backwards