One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brief or hurried look.‘a skelly at the library’
- ‘I thought I would have a quick skelly at the castle.’
- ‘He takes a skelly at the massive gantry’
- ‘I took a skelly at him now and again.’
- ‘I had a quick skelly through the crack of the door.’
- ‘I took a skelly at the street door as I spoke.’
- ‘I took a skelly in Grandma's direction.’
verbskellies, skellied, skellying[no object]Scottish
Glance or squint at someone or something.‘I skellied round the shabby room’
- ‘I skellied up and down the ward.’
- ‘I had to put up with him skellying at me as I was picking up some magazines.’
- ‘All the way he kept skellying at his watch.’
Late 18th century: based on Old Norse skjálgr ‘askew, oblique’.
- variant spelling of schelly
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