Definition of skerry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskɛri/

noun (plural skerries)

A reef or rocky island.
Example sentences
  • Some are just mudflats, some just sandbanks, many are rocky outcrops and skerries known only to seals, albatrosses, and retired lighthouse-keepers.
  • A boat from the killer fleet had struck the reef out past the skerries and was being pounded to pieces by the pelting waves.
  • The resulting crumbs range in size from mere nameless skerries to islands the size of a city centre like Lidingö.


Early 17th century: Orkney dialect, from Old Norse sker.

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