Russian language
February 7, 2018 6:14 PM   Subscribe

I just saw the movie "The Road Movie" which takes place in Russia. At one point someone refers to someone else as a skibby. What is a skibby?
posted by josher71 to Writing & Language (4 answers total)
Well, Urban Dictionary suggests that it could refer to a girl, specifically a skinny girl with big boobs. Might that apply?
posted by Autumnheart at 10:00 PM on February 7, 2018

Is the movie in Russian or is skibby from a subtitle?
posted by orrnyereg at 7:30 AM on February 8, 2018

According to several of my slang and specialty dictionaries, "skibby" can be a derogatory reference to a Japanese person, perhaps specifically to a prostitute. Dates to about 1910 and may derive from the Japanese "sukebei," meaning lechery, lewdness, or a bawdy person. It was far more common during WWII than it is now.
posted by Mo Nickels at 10:31 AM on February 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

Is the movie in Russian or is skibby from a subtitle?

posted by josher71 at 11:19 AM on February 9, 2018

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