Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations & symbols Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SKINDOGER, n. Also skeyndoager, skenydouger (Jam.). A slight or distant peal of thunder (Sh. 1825 Jam., 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928)). [skɪn′do:gər]

[Jam. and Jak. assume that this referred orig. to lightning rather than thunder and associated the first element with O.N. skina, to shine, gleam. The second element is obscure but cf. Norw. dial. vardoger, a premonition of someone's approach, a kind of wraith.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Skindoger n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Aug 2022 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND: