Definition of skelm in English:

skelm

noun

South African
  • A scoundrel.

    ‘they are all skelms, crooks’
    • ‘There were so many burglaries and we couldn't see the skelms (thieves).’
    • ‘‘We cannot rest until we recover our money and ensure that all skelms are put behind bars where they belong,’ said Diseko.’

adjective

South African
  • (of a person) sly; wicked.

    ‘that skelm politician’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Dutch schelm, from German.

Pronunciation

skelm

/ˈskɛl(ə)m/