One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A reef or rocky island.
shoal, bar, sandbar, sandbank, spitView synonyms
- ‘A boat from the killer fleet had struck the reef out past the skerries and was being pounded to pieces by the pelting waves.’
- ‘Some are just mudflats, some just sandbanks, many are rocky outcrops and skerries known only to seals, albatrosses, and retired lighthouse-keepers.’
- ‘Angus looked round and saw waves creaming on a long skerry.’
- ‘An inflatable from the lifeboat helped put the vessel's anchor down, so that she could winch herself off the skerry.’
- ‘The resulting crumbs range in size from mere nameless skerries to islands the size of a city centre like Lidingö.’
Early 17th century: Orkney dialect, from Old Norse sker.
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