scoot

verb

scooted; scooting; scoots

intransitive verb

1
: to move swiftly
2
: to slide especially while seated
scoot over and let me sit down
scoot noun

Examples of scoot in a Sentence

She talked to us for a few minutes before scooting off to some appointment. She scooted her chair back a few inches. He scooted closer to the table.
Recent Examples on the Web Michigan was able to scoot forward on the next play before taking a knee, setting up an overtime finish in the Rose Bowl, the third overtime game in College Football Playoff history. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2024 As shown on a dashcam video shot by a snowplow, the pickup scooted around the left side of a plow driver who was just doing his job in the far-right lane of Interstate 75. Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2024 Elordi slides down the stairs on his side, crawls down the steps, and at one point, scoots down the small flight of stairs step by step. USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 For instance, a large sisal in the front hall (often used for scooting and changing in and out of winter gear) has held up well for a number of years, and Lederman’s wool rugs in other rooms are easily spot-treated. Ariel Okin, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2024 Whoopi Goldberg, who knew about aliens before Congress did, scooted out of her seat on The View to take a closer look at an alleged alien body. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 20 Sep. 2023 Middle East experts say that after nearly a decade of evading airstrikes in a war with Saudi Arabia, the Houthis have become skilled at concealing their weaponry, putting some of it in urban areas and shooting missiles from the backs of vehicles before scooting off. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2024 Between Valentine’s Day and the long Presidents Day weekend, February is the perfect month to scoot out to Palm Springs for some fun in the desert sun. Abigail Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2024 After his wedge spun too hard and scooted into the pond, Detry covered his face with his right hand. Bernie Wilson, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

perhaps alteration of earlier scout, of unknown origin

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scoot was in 1758

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Cite this Entry

“Scoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scoot. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

scoot

verb
1
: to go suddenly and swiftly : dart
2
: to slide especially while seated
scoot over
scoot noun

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