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Synonyms and Antonyms of skim

  1. 1 to turn over pages in an idle or cursory manner <I'll just skim through a few styling magazines and see if something interesting catches my eye> Synonyms flip, leaf, riffle, thumb Related Words browse, dip; glance (at), look over, scan Near Antonyms pore (over); study

  2. 2 to move or proceed smoothly and readily <a lone hang glider skimming along just above the treetops> Synonyms bowl, breeze, brush, coast, cruise, drift, glide, roll, sail, flow, slide, slip, stream, sweep, whiskRelated Words fly, race, rush, speedNear Antonyms limp, lumber, plod, stumble, trudge; shamble, shuffle; stamp, stomp, stump, tramp; labor, toilAntonyms flounder, struggle

  3. 3 to pass lightly across or touch gently especially in passing <her hand just barely skimmed the wall as she ran down the hallway> Synonyms graze, kiss, nudge, shave, {h,2}brushRelated Words bump, contact, scrape, sideswipe, strike, sweep, swipe, touch; bounce, carom, glance, rebound, ricochet, skip; caress, cuddle, fondle, love, pat, pet, stroke; miss, skirtNear Antonyms bang, bash, bump, clash, collide, crash, hit, impact, impinge, knock, punch, ram, slam, slap, smack, smash, swipe, thud, thwack, whack

  4. 4 to strike and fly off at an angle <the rock just skimmed the surface of the water> Synonyms bounce, carom, rebound, ricochet, glance, skipRelated Words brush, graze, nudge, rake, shave, sweep; bump, contact, hit, kiss, touch; sideswipe; reflect

  5. 5 to take a quick or hasty look <he impatiently skimmed through the book, looking for the specific passage he remembered seeing> Synonyms browse, dip, glimpse, glint, peek, glanceRelated Words keek [chiefly Scottish], peep; blink, squint; look over, peruse, rake, scanNear Antonyms examine, overlook, oversee, question, survey; study, view; peer, pry; gawk, goggle, rubberneck; leer, ogleAntonyms gaze, stare

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a dwelling place or home

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