Skains"mate` (?), n. [Perhaps originally, a companion in winding thread (see Skein), or a companion in arms, from skain a sword (see Skean).]

A messmate; a companion.

[Obs.]

Scurvy knave! I am none of his firt-gills; I am none of his skainsmates. Shak.

 

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