One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an animal) having irregular patches of white and another colour (properly not black).Compare with piebald
speckled, blotched, blotchy, spotted, spotty, dotted, streaked, streaky, mottled, marbled, flecked, freckled, stippled, piebald, pied, brindled, brindle, tabby, marledView synonyms
- ‘The performance that struck me however was that of his horse, Hidalgo, the skewbald mustang.’
- ‘She slipped through the gate back into the village and soon found her skewbald horse.’
- ‘He was a handsome 10-year-old skewbald native cross called Gaffer.’
- ‘Bee was a skewbald Arab with long slender legs and a beautiful face.’
A skewbald animal, especially a horse.
- ‘Piebalds, skewbalds and plain foxy ponies were fetching from 1,000 upwards and donkeys were also in demand, with good class mares reported to be also making 1,000 and more.’
Mid 17th century: from obsolete skewed ‘skewbald’ (of uncertain origin), on the pattern of piebald.
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