from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See skududdery.


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  • They found that "sculduddery" was not a necessary attraction.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century George Saintsbury 1889

  • "sculduddery" than in any other Book; but also in no other does Rabelais

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800 George Saintsbury 1889

  • There is no mistake in the psychology; there is no resort to "sculduddery"; there is no exaggeration of any kind, or, if there is any, it is in a horticultural extravagance -- a piece of fairy Bower-of-Bliss scene-painting, in part of the book, which is in itself almost if not quite beautiful -- a Garden of Eden provided for a different form of temptation. [

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century George Saintsbury 1889

  • ‘I think now, brother, if you are so much scandalized at a little piece of sculduddery, which, after all, does nobody any harm, you had better have given it to me than have flung it into the Solway.’

    Redgauntlet 2008

  • And I wouldn't stand for sculduddery like that, for one thing; and for another I thought I'd come out better in the end by sticking to the boss, like you seen me doing often enough!

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Morrow Jones

  • Kilkerran hummed, Petullo hawed, the Provost humbly ventured a sculduddery tale, the Duke politely listening the while to some argument of Elchies upon the right of any one who had been attacked by the

    Doom Castle Neil Munro

  • Shakespeare wrote sculduddery because he liked it, and for no other reason; his sensuality is the measure of his vitality.

    Lysistrata 446? BC-385? BC Aristophanes

  • So saying, he led the way out through halls and trances that were weel kend to my gudesire, and into the auld oak parlor; and there was as much singing of profane sangs, and birling of red wine, and blasphemy sculduddery as had ever been in Redgauntlet Castle when it was at the blythest.

    Wandering Willie’s Tale 1907

  • The rental book, wi’ its black cover and brass clasps, was lying beside him; and a book of sculduddery sangs was put betwixt the leaves, to keep it open at the place where it bore evidence against the goodman of Primrose Knowe, as behind the hand with his mails and duties.

    Wandering Willie’s Tale 1907

  • Paul, however, has kept his word with his subscribers by shutting out all sculduddery, even of the mildest kind, and has, if not reconciled, partly conciliated critics by throwing in some tolerable minor personages.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century George Saintsbury 1889


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  • 1. ‘A term, now used in a ludicrous manner, to denote those causes that come under the judgment of an ecclesiastical court, which respect some breach of chastity’ (Jam.).

    Jamieson's words imply that the word was originally in serious use, but of this there seems to be no evidence.

    2. Obscenity.

    3. attrib. passing into adj. a. Concerned with ‘sculduddery’ as a punishable offence. b. Of literature or conversation: Obscene.

    January 17, 2009

  • See also first comment on skulduggery.

    January 17, 2009