From Middle English skill, skille (also schil, schile), from Old English scille and Old Norse skil ("a distinction, discernment, knowledge"), from Proto-Germanic *skilją ("separation, limit"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelH- ("to split, cut"). Cognate with Danish skel ("a separation, boundary, divide"), Swedish skäl ("reason"), Dutch verschil ("difference") and schillen.
From Middle English skilen (also schillen), partly from Old English scylian, scielian; and partly from Old Norse skilja ("to divide, separate"); both from Proto-Germanic *skilōną, *skiljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelH- ("to split, cut"). Cognate with Danish skille ("to separate, discard"), Swedish skilja ("to distinguish, differentiate, part"), Icelandic skilja ("to understand"), Low German schelen ("to make a difference; to be squint-eyed"), Dutch schelen ("to make a difference").
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