\ ˈsküt How to pronounce scoot (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Now there are singles and couples and families walking and scooting and cycling from dawn to dusk. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Social Costs of COVID-19," 2 Apr. 2020 The front passenger seat even has fore and aft buttons facing rearward, so that the right rear passenger can scoot the front seat forward. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Genesis G90 Would Like Your Attention," 30 Mar. 2020 Willson caught the ball in the air right at his goal line and quickly scooted down the left sideline before reversing field, and eventually being brought down by two Bulldogs, 3 yards shy of giving the Cardinals an extra two points. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Darius Reed leads Bellaire past the Heights," 1 Nov. 2019 Spiller is bullish at 6-1 and 220, while Smith and Achane (5-9, 176) are sub-200-pound backs who are as apt to scoot around defenders as try to run over them. Brent Zwerneman,, "A&M expects stack of running backs by summer," 11 Feb. 2020 Lett came barreling in between three Dolphins surrounding the spinning ball and slid between them, his left foot scooting the ball toward the goal line. San Diego Union-Tribune, "NFL at 100: ’93 ending sent teams in different directions," 17 Sep. 2019 Those impressive abdominals came into play later as the 50-year-old pop star flipped upside down and cartwheeled, with the help of her backup dancers, landing neatly to scoot into place next to Shakira without missing a beat. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "J-Lo and Shakira shake off boundaries, put on a ferocious master dance class at the Super Bowl," 3 Feb. 2020 Visitors traveling to the village of about 650 must fly 500 miles from Anchorage, and then scoot into town on the back of a snow machine or four-wheeled A.T.V. — the same ones that deliver the mail to a post office the size of a small backyard shed. Emily Schwing, New York Times, "The Census Begins Where It Has Struggled Before: Remote, Frozen Alaska," 21 Jan. 2020 Byard scooted 31 yards down the left side, and with a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Jackson added, the Titans were at the Baltimore 35. Barry Wilner, The Courier-Journal, "Lamar Jackson sees sensational season upended in Ravens' shocking playoff loss to Titans," 12 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of scoot was in 1758

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7 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scoot

: to go or leave suddenly and quickly
chiefly US : to move (yourself, your chair, etc.) a short distance in a particular direction


\ ˈsküt How to pronounce scoot (audio) \
scooted; scooting

Kids Definition of scoot

: to go suddenly and quickly

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