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skite1

[skahyt] /skaɪt/
noun, Scot. and North England
1.
a quick, oblique blow or stroke; a chopping blow.
2.
a joke or prank.
3.
the butt of a joke or prank.
4.
a person whose opinions are not taken seriously; one held in mild contempt.
Also, skyte.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; perhaps < Scandinavian; cf. skeet3

skite2

[skahyt] /skaɪt/
verb (used without object), skited, skiting. Australian
1.
to boast; brag.
Origin
origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for skites

skite1

/skəɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to slide or slip, as on ice
2.
(transitive) to strike with a sharp or glancing blow
noun
3.
an instance of sliding or slipping
4.
a sharp or glancing blow
5.
(Scot & Irish) on the skite, on a skite, on a drinking spree
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin

skite2

/skaɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to boast
noun
2.
boastful talk
3.
a person who boasts
Word Origin
C19: from Scottish and northern English dialect; see skate³
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Word Origin and History for skites

skite

n.

"contemptible person," 1790, Scottish and Northern, earlier "sudden stroke or blow" (1785), perhaps from Old Norse skyt-, from skjota "to shoot" (see shoot (v.)). Cf. Old Norse skita "to shit," which might have had some influence.

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