Meaning of Cullen skink in English:

Cullen skink

Pronunciation /ˌkʌlən ˈskɪŋk/


mass noun
  • A Scottish soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes, onions, and milk.

    ‘A list of Scotland's top foods could also have included Cullen skink, Arbroath smokies, West Coast scallops, langoustines, herring and Ayrshire potatoes.’
    • ‘Graeme's Cullen skink had large pieces of haddock cluttering up the bowl like enormous fishy icebergs - and there was no sign of that old trick of letting potatoes hog the limelight - while the sauce was creamy without lacking taste.’


From the name of Cullen, a village on the Moray Firth in NE Scotland, + Scots skink ‘soup made from shin of beef’, probably from Middle Low German Schinke ‘ham’.