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adjective: Having no money; broke; poor.
A variant spelling of the word skinned, as in, so broke that even one's skin is shaved off. Earliest documented use: 1925.
Most of the time we make past participle of a word by adding -ed to it (walk/walked), but sometimes we use the phonetic spelling as in today's word. Some other examples are burnt, learnt, spilt, and spoilt. By the way, the word 'past' itself is a phonetic spelling of 'passed'. The -t spellings are more common in British English.
"I've had a run of bad luck recently and I'm totally skint."
Mark McGivern; Bookie Refuses to Pay Out; Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); Nov 13, 2013.
"Much of the information contained in the early reports was ambitious in tone but skint on detail."
Philip Wen; China's Communist Party; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Nov 13, 2013.
Explore "skint" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in! -Gustave Flaubert, novelist (1821-1880)
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