Meaning of skelf in English:


Pronunciation /skɛlf/


  • 1A splinter or sliver of wood.

    ‘Megan, you were just a skelf of a girl - not an ounce of fat.’
    • ‘Just the other night I grew dizzy at the sight of a skelf in my husband's foot.’
    • ‘The skelf injury is the result of hours spent working in his garden and he wears it like a trophy.’
    sliver, shiver, chip, shard, needle
  • 2 informal A troublesome or annoying person.

    nuisance, bother, annoyance, irritation, irritant, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, vexation, trial, the bane of one's life, menace, curse, problem, trouble, worry, inconvenience, bore, gadfly


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘shelf’): probably from Middle Low German schelf; compare with shelf. skelf (sense 1) dates from the early 17th century.