\ˈsküt \
scooted; scooting; scoots

Definition of scoot 

intransitive verb

1 : to move swiftly

2 : to slide especially while seated scoot over and let me sit down

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Other Words from scoot

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.
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Against Blackburn in the second, Correa crushed an RBI triple that Mark Canha mishandled in left field, allowing both Marisnick and Springer to scoot home. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan almighty: Gattis goes on another rampage as Astros wallop Athletics," 14 June 2018 In the first quarter, as the S.&P. 500 sputtered to a 1.2 percent loss and many sectors sagged, the managers of three of the top-performing mutual funds scooted ahead by betting on growth stocks and Latin America. Tim Gray, New York Times, "Three Funds Find Routes to Top Performance in a Rough Market," 13 Apr. 2018 Among the furthest along is one that would scoot commuters underground on electric sleds called skates to the Los Angeles International Airport. Washington Post, "Chicago airport plan is 1 of many Musk dream projects," 15 June 2018 But the model that won DARPA's competition had wheels installed in its knees and feet, allowing it to slowly scoot through sections that had toppled the competition. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "The Golden Age of Walking Bots That Never Arrived," 25 Mar. 2016 The new leader scoots 3-1 with a 19 percent increase in airplay in the week ending July 8, according to Nielsen Music. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Cardi B Replaces Herself Atop Rhythmic Songs Chart as 'I Like It' Overtakes 'Be Careful'," 13 July 2018 Toles scooted into second base for his first hit in 14 months. Andy Mccullough,, "Kershaw continues to make progress on the mound in Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Padres," 10 July 2018 The shot scooted past Bay Port goalkeeper Gabby Noack on the ground for Haertle's 11th goal on the year and a 1-0 lead. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Penalty kick in overtime sends Bay Port to state championship game over Kettle Moraine," 14 June 2018 But instead, the ball scooted through Bill Buckner's legs, and the winning run scored. Jacob Bogage,, "Analysis: Worst sports championship gaffes, from Bill Buckner to Chris Webber to J.R. Smith," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of scoot

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scoot

perhaps alteration of earlier scout, of unknown origin

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Dictionary Entries near scoot

scoop net

scoop up






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English Language Learners Definition of scoot

: to go or leave suddenly and quickly

: to move (yourself, your chair, etc.) a short distance in a particular direction


\ˈsküt \
scooted; scooting

Kids Definition of scoot

: to go suddenly and quickly

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