Skelder

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Skelder A vagrant; a cheat.
    • v. t. & i Skelder To deceive; to cheat; to trick. "Take heed, Signor Baptista, lest you be cony-catched in the this business."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skelder A vagrant; a swindler.
    • skelder To practise begging, especially under the pretense of being a wounded or disbanded soldier; play the swindler; live by begging. Also skilder.
    • skelder To swindle, especially by assuming to be a worn-out soldier; hence, in general, to cheat; trick; defraud.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i., v.t Skelder skel′dėr to practise begging: to swindle.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Etymol. uncertain

Usage

In literature:

A man may skelder ye, now and then, of half a dozen shillings, or so.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
Away on the left, but scarcely discernible, was Swart Houe Cross, on Egton Low Moor, and straight in front lay the Skelder Inn.
"Yorkshire Painted And Described" by Gordon Home
Away on the left, but scarcely discernible, was Swart Houe Cross, on Egton Low Moor, and straight in front lay the Skelder Inn.
"Yorkshire--Coast & Moorland Scenes" by Gordon Home
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