(obsolete) A sudden hit or blow; a glancing blow.
A contemptible person.
(Irish) A drinking binge.
* 2008 , Tony Black, Paying for It ,
- I needed alcohol to stop my nerves rattling. This felt like the longest period I?d been without my drug of choice for at least three years.
(Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) One who skites , a boaster.
- I needed to go on a skite .
(Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) To boast.
* The Ragtime Army'', WWI Australian Army song, cited in 2004, Graham Seal, ''Inventing Anzac: The Digger And National Mythology ,
* 2005 , ,
- You boast and skite from morn to night / And think you?re very brave, / But the men who really did the job / Are dead and in their graves.
* 2006 , Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push ,
- That Smasher'', he said, and forced laugh. ''My word he can spin a yarn!'' She glanced towards him, her face halved by the lamplight. ''Just skiting , you reckon?
- “England is mine,” Henry says over a pint. “I hope that?s not skiting .”
(Northern Ireland) To skim or slide along a surface.
(Scotland, slang) To slip, such as on ice.
(Scotland, slang) To drink a large amount of alcohol.
(archaic, vulgar) To shit.
* 1653 , '', Chapter XIII: ''How Gargantua?s wonderful understanding became known to his father Grangousier, by the invention of a torchecul or wipebreech ,
- “That?s not skiting , sport. Edward Garnett reckons you?re the best new thing in the Empire, and so do I. Good on you, mate, nothing on earth can stop you now! Here?s mud in your eye.”
- There is no need of wiping one?s tail, said Gargantua, but when it is foul; foul it cannot be, unless one have been a-skiting'; ' skite then we must before we wipe our tails.
The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.
* 2009 , Nicoline van der Sijs, Cookies, Coleslaw, and Stoops: The Influence of Dutch on the North American Languages ,
- Thus, American diamond cutters would talk of a skive (after Dutch schijf ), where their British colleagues would say disk or wheel.
To pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather).
(British) To avoid one's lessons or, sometimes, work. Chiefly at school or university.
* 2006 , The Economist,
Young offenders: Arrested development
- Truancies, rather bewilderingly, have risen among children on the programme; the government hopes this is because children skive more as they get older.
a disc (UK) or disk (US)
a washer (small disc with a hole in the middle )
a slice (e.g. slice of bread )