Definition of skelf in English:

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Pronunciation: /skɛlf/


1A splinter or sliver of wood.
Example sentences
  • Megan, you were just a skelf of a girl - not an ounce of fat.
  • Just the other night I grew dizzy at the sight of a skelf in my husband's foot.
  • The skelf injury is the result of hours spent working in his garden and he wears it like a trophy.
2 informal A troublesome or annoying person.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'shelf'): probably from Middle Low German schelf; compare with shelf1. sense 1 dates from the early 17th century.

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