Definition of skelp in English:



[WITH OBJECT]Northern English, Scottish
  • Strike, slap, or smack:

    ‘the cries of skelped weans’
    • ‘Ricksen stepped up and skelped the free-kick into the top corner.’
    • ‘The unwieldy but serviceable striker skelped a ball across the goalmouth that kissed the crossbar on its way past.’
    • ‘He didn't just touch it in the second minute, though, he skelped it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We don't mind being skelped by the French but defeat by England hurts.’
    • ‘The ball finally fell at the feet of the defender who skelped it into the roof of the visitors' net.’
    cuff, strike, hit, thump, slap, smack, crack, swat, punch, jab, knock, thwack, bang, wallop, batter, pummel, buffet
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Late Middle English: probably imitative.