skerry
noun (plural skerries) Etymology: Scots (Shetland and Orkney islands), ultimately from Old Norse skerj-, sker rocky islet — more at scar Date: 1612 a rocky isle ; reef

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  • Skerry — Sker ry, n.; pl. {Skerries}. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. sker, Sw. sk[ a]r, Dan. ski?r. Cf. {Scar} a bank.] A rocky isle; an insulated rock. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skerry — [sker′ē] n. pl. skerries [via Orkney dial. < ON sker, reef (< IE base * sker , to cut > SHEAR) + ey, ISLAND] Scot. an isolated rock or reef in the sea …   English World dictionary

  • Skerry — A skerry is a small rocky island, usually defined to be too small for habitation. It may simply be a rocky reef. The term skerry is derived from the Old Norse sker , which means a rock in the sea. The Old Norse term sker was brought into the… …   Wikipedia

  • skerry — /sker ee/, n., pl. skerries. Chiefly Scot. 1. a small, rocky island. 2. a coastline with a series of such islands offshore. [1605 15; Shetland dial. skerri a rock in the sea < ON sker (gen. pl. skerja) rock or reef (in the sea). See SCAR2] * * * …   Universalium

  • skerry — noun /ˈskɛɹi/ A small rocky island which may be covered by the sea at high tide or during storms. The Seal (phoca vitulina, Lin. Syft.) which is here generally known by the name of selchy, is very common on most of our low shores, but… …   Wiktionary

  • skerry — [ skɛri] noun (plural skerries) Scottish a reef or rocky island. Origin C17: Orkney dialect, from ON sker …   English new terms dictionary

  • skerry — sker·ry …   English syllables

  • skerry — /ˈskɛri/ (say skeree) noun Scottish a rugged stretch of sea rock, covered by the sea at high tide or in stormy weather; reef. {British dialect (Orkney), from Old Norse skier} …   Australian English dictionary

  • skerry —   n. rocky island …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • skerry —  shaley, of the nature of slate. Derb. Spoken of coals …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

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