From Middle English sker, skere, from the verb Middle English skerren (see below).
From Middle English scaren, skaren, scarren, skeren, skerren, from Old Norse skirra, from Proto-Germanic *skirzijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker-. Related to Old Norse skjarr. Cognate with Scots skar, dialectal Norwegian Nynorsk skjerra, dialectal Swedish skjarra and possibly Old Armenian ցիռ ("wild ass").
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