Main definitions of skelly in English

: skelly1skelly2

skelly1

adjective

Scottish
  • Cross-eyed.

noun

Scottish
  • A brief or hurried look.

    ‘a skelly at the library’
    • ‘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 at him now and again.’
    • ‘I took a skelly in Grandma's direction.’
    • ‘I thought I would have a quick skelly at the castle.’
    • ‘He takes a skelly at the massive gantry’

verb

[NO OBJECT]Scottish
  • Glance or squint at someone or something.

    ‘I skellied round the shabby room’
    • ‘All the way he kept skellying at his watch.’
    • ‘I skellied up and down the ward.’
    • ‘I had to put up with him skellying at me as I was picking up some magazines.’

Origin

Late 18th century: based on Old Norse skjálgr ‘askew, oblique’.

Pronunciation

skelly

/ˈskɛli/

Main definitions of skelly in English

: skelly1skelly2

skelly2

noun