Definition of skerry in English:


Syllabification: sker·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈskerē

noun (plural skerries)

  • A reef or rocky island.
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    • 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. Compare with scar.

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