Definition of skoal in English:

skoal

(also skol)

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  • Used to express friendly feelings toward one's companions before drinking.

    • ‘The custom of clinking glasses and meeting a drinking partner's gaze when you ‘skol’ them, is rooted in the Viking warrior tradition of ensuring that no one had poisoned their drink.’
    • ‘In order to avoid cliche (a novel concept in football), anyone who described the premiership feeling as ‘fantastic’ had to skol a beer.’
    • ‘But to the bringing of so much raw power and some added dimensions to the work, all I can say is skoal!’
    here's to you, good health, your health, here's health, skol, good luck
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Origin

Early 17th century (a Scots use): from Danish and Norwegian skaal, Swedish skål, from Old Norse skál ‘bowl’; perhaps introduced through the visit of James VI to Denmark in 1589.

Pronunciation

skoal

/ˈskō(ə)l/