From Middle English schanke, from Old English sċanca ("leg"), from Proto-West Germanic *skankō, from Proto-Germanic *skankô (compare West Frisian skonk, Low German Schanke, German Schenkel ("shank, leg"), Norwegian skank), from *skankaz (compare Old Norse skakkr ("wry, crooked")), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keng- (compare Middle Irish scingim ("I spring"), Ancient Greek σκάζω ("to limp").
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