Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

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 26 Sep 2021 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: