Definition of skell in US English:

skell

noun

US
informal
  • (in New York) a tramp or homeless person.

    • ‘She even had a straight job, a good family, and chose to live like a skell.’
    • ‘He was no different than a skell drug dealer in the projects.’

Origin

1950s: perhaps a shortening of skeleton.

Pronunciation

skell

/skel/