1. An upstart. [Obs.] Ford.
2. (Zoöl.) An elater; a snap bug, or snapping beetle.
3. (Zoöl.) A name given to several kinds of a fish, as the common bluefish, the alewife, the bonito, the
butterfish, the cutlass fish, the jurel, the leather jacket, the runner, the saurel, the saury, the threadfish,
4. (Naut.) A shallow sailboat with a rectilinear or V-shaped cross section.
1. One who, or that which, skips.
2. A young, thoughtless person. Shak.
3. (Zoöl.) The saury
4. The cheese maggot. See Cheese fly, under Cheese.
5. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small butterflies of the family Hesperiadæ; so called from
their peculiar short, jerking flight.
(Skip"per), n. [D. schipper. See Shipper, and Ship.]
1. (Naut.) The master of a fishing or small trading vessel; hence, the master, or captain, of any vessel.
2. A ship boy. [Obs.] Congreve.
(Skip"pet) n. [Cf. Icel. skip, E. skipper. See Ship.]
1. A small boat; a skiff. [Obs.]
A little skippet floating did appear.Spenser.
2. A small round box for keeping records. [Obs.]
(Skip"ping*ly) adv. In a skipping manner; by skips, or light leaps.
(Skirl) v. t.& i. [Of Scand. origin, and originally the same word as E. shrill.] To utter in a shrill
tone; to scream. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
(Skirl), n. A shrill cry or sound. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
(Skirl"cock`) n. (Zoöl.) The missel thrush; so called from its harsh alarm note. [Prev. Eng.]
(Skirl"crake`) n. The turnstone. [Prev. Eng.]
(Skirl"ing), n. A shrill cry or sound; a crying shrilly; a skirl. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
When the skirling of the pipes cleft the air his cold eyes softened.Mrs. J. H. Ewing.
(Skirl"ing), n. (Zoöl.) A small trout or salmon; a name used loosely. [Prov. Eng.]
(Skir"mish) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Skirmished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Skirmishing.] [OE. skirmishen,
scarmishen, OF. escremir, eskermir, to fence, fight, F. escrimer, of German origin; cf. OHG. scirmen