One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an animal) with irregular patches of white and another color (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
- ‘Bee was a skewbald Arab with long slender legs and a beautiful face.’
- ‘She slipped through the gate back into the village and soon found her skewbald horse.’
- ‘The performance that struck me however was that of his horse, Hidalgo, the skewbald mustang.’
- ‘He was a handsome 10-year-old skewbald native cross called Gaffer.’
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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