From Scots skaith, variant of English scathe, q.v.


skaith ‎(plural skaiths)

  1. (Scotland, law, obsolete) Alternative form of scathe: damage.


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "scathe, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1910.


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See scathe.


skaith ‎(uncountable)

  1. harm
    • 1780, Robert Burns, Poems And Songs Of Robert Burns[2]:
      --Quoth I, "Guid faith, Ye're maybe come to stap my breath; But tent me, billie; I red ye weel, tak care o' skaith See, there's a gully!"
    • 1806, Walter Scott, Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)[3]:
      --And attour, either of the saids parties bind and oblige them, be the faith and truth of their bodies, ilk ane to others, that they shall be leil and true to others, and neither of them will another's skaith, but they shall let it at their power, and give to others their best counsel, and it be asked; and shall take leil and aeffald part ilk ane with others, with their kin, friends, servants, allies, and partakers, in all and sundry their actions, quarrels, and debates, against all that live and die (may the allegiance of our sovereign lord the king allenarly be excepted).