Definition of skean dhu in English:

skean dhu


  • A dagger worn in the stocking as part of Highland dress.

    • ‘Many wrongly reported that Christie entered Spain dressed in a kilt, some said in full Highland dress complete with feathered cap and skean-dhu.’
    • ‘The shop window display of kilts, sporrans and skean-dhu daggers proclaimed that here was a York shop for York people.’


Early 19th century: from Irish and Scottish Gaelic sgian knife + Scottish Gaelic dubh black.


skean dhu

/ˈdo͞o//ˌskē(ə)n ˈT͟Ho͞o/