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skell

[skel] /skɛl/
noun, Slang.
1.
a homeless person who lives on the streets, sleeps in doorways or subways, etc.; derelict.
2.
a slovenly person.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; perhaps shortening of skeleton
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skell

noun

A street derelict who may be a villain: Perp: also a mutt, a mope, a skid, or a skell

[1980s+ New York City police; ultimately fr Dutch schelm, ''scoundrel, villain,'' found in English as skelum by 1611]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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