Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WINNEL-SKEWED, adj. Also wunnel-; -skued. Suffering from an optical illusion; squint-eyed; askew. Sc. 1815  Jnl. L. Penrose (Eagles) III. 83:
It is a saying among our people in Scotland, whenever they mistake one object for two that the moon is in the hallior or clouded, and at such times they are winnel-skewed, or their eyes deceive them.
Peb. 1818  J. Affleck Waes o' Whisky 23:
For you to write, black burnin' shame, Ye're winnel skued.
Dmf. 1836  A. Cunningham Lord Roldan I.v., vii.:
The boy's fairly moidert and winnel-skewed wi' reading fule books. . . . Ye wee shilpit apology for man, wi' thae winnelstrae legs and winnelskewed een.
Kcb. 1900 4 :
When the upper and lower handrails of a stair in two parts are not in the same spiral (with each other) they are said to be a' wunnel-skewed.

[Appar. from Windle, n.1, + Skew, v.2]

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"Winnel-skewed adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jan 2019 <>



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