Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SKER, adj. Also skerry-. A variant with prothetic s- of ker, Car, adj., n.2, left, only in combs. sker-fit, sker(ry)-handit (Lth., Rxb. 1825 Jam., sker-; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., s.Sc. 1970, skerry). [skær]
s.Sc. c.1830 Proc. Bwk. Nat. Club (1916) 78:
Sker-handed or ker-handed, i.e. people who use the left hand more than the right, or sinister handed, “are not safe to be met with on a Tuesday morning,” if you are on the outset of a journey. To enter into the house of a stranger with the left foot first (or sker-fit), brought evil upon the inhabitants; and it was therefore necessary that you should go out, and return in again with your right foot foremost, to prevent any disagreeable circumstances taking place.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Sker adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Nov 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/sker>
Try an Advanced Search