One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]Scottish, Northern English
Strike, slap, or smack.‘the cries of skelped weans’
cuff, strike, hit, thump, slap, smack, crack, swat, punch, jab, knock, thwack, bang, wallop, batter, pummel, buffetcuff, hit, thump, slap, smack, crack, swat, punch, fist, jab, hook, knock, thwack, bang, wallopView synonyms
- ‘We don't mind being skelped by the French but defeat by England hurts.’
- ‘The unwieldy but serviceable striker skelped a ball across the goalmouth that kissed the crossbar on its way past.’
- ‘Ricksen stepped up and skelped the free-kick into the top corner.’
- ‘He didn't just touch it in the second minute, though, he skelped it.’
- ‘The ball finally fell at the feet of the defender who skelped it into the roof of the visitors' net.’
- ‘And surprising though it may seem - disappointing, even, to the scandal-seekers - no priest ever laid hands on me except to bless me or skelp my ear.’
Late Middle English: probably imitative.
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