Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having spots or patches of white on a coat of a color other than black: a skewbald horse.
  • n. A skewbald animal, especially a horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Marked with patches of white and non-black colours.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Marked with spots and patches of white and some color other than black; -- usually distinguished from piebald, in which the colors are properly white and black. Said of horses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Spotted in an irregular manner; piebald: used especially of horses.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English skeued, of mixed colors (probably from skeu, sky, cloud, of Scandinavian origin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots) + bald.

Examples

  • So how, precisely, do I find myself the father of a teenage owner of one 5-year-old, skewbald, equine quadruped, about 13 hands tall, who answers, rather inattentively, to the name Buttons?

    Finding the Next Winner

  • So how, precisely, do I find myself the father of a teenage owner of one five-year-old, skewbald, equine quadruped, about 13 hands tall, who answers, rather inattentively, to the name Buttons?

    History, Horses and the Luck of the Irish

  • The horse was a skewbald mare, and she patterned up so well with the snow and the trees and the patches of open ground that she appeared to be melting into them.

    Cold Mountain

  • It is told by the horse, an unfortunate creature, a skewbald, gelded by a groom because of his unsightly, unacceptable coloring.

    Celebrities

  • All over they were gold with sun; not skewbald from wearing clothes; and on the brown their pale fair hair shone like silver.

    The Bull From The Sea

  • Emmanuel and the skewbald had much in common, including the use of the kitchen, and one saw their grey heads, almost any evening, poking together out of the window.

    Cider With Rosie

  • "We might ask the little gypsy boy who came with the skewbald horse, " said Anne.

    Five Go To Mystery Moor

  • They fetched the patient little skewbald who came out gladly.

    Five Go To Mystery Moor

  • The little skewbald stood very patiently, and George felt a sudden liking for the ugly little creature.

    Five Go To Mystery Moor

  • The two girls and Gussy were in Pedro's little van, and he was driving the small skewbald horse that belonged to him.

    The Circus of Adventure

Comments

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  • like piebald, but white and any colour except black

    June 17, 2008

  • I don't usually accumulate colour words but this one is a corker.

    June 10, 2008