1A splinter or sliver of wood.
sliver, shiver, chip, shard, needle
- ‘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.’
2informal 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
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