\ 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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The bot then scoots a ways behind the vehicle while raising a backlit triangle. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "If You Crash a Mercedes-Benz in the Future, It Could Deploy a Robot to Warn Other Drivers," 21 May 2019 Suarez scoots it through the leaping wall and forces a diving, one-handed save. 21: Foul? Victor Mather, New York Times, "Edinson Cavani Uses His Head, and Foot, as Uruguay Ousts Portugal," 1 July 2018 As the evening drew to a close, much later than planned (a telltale sign of a good party), those who weren’t scooting to another show or event dashed through the downpour to nearby L’Avenue for truffle risotto and a nightcap. Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Played the Hostess with the Mostess at this Year's Americans in Paris Cocktail Party," 4 Mar. 2019 Or a chair lift to get up the stairs and into his own bed without scooting and risking more injuries. Helen Ubiñas,, "He protected 3 kids from getting shot. Now paralyzed, a young dad struggles | Helen Ubiñas," 18 May 2018 Teens scooted in and out of the corner store, seemingly oblivious to the flashing police lights and officers. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "‘When is it going to stop?’ A rise in homicides in the District brings grief and frustration," 29 May 2018 Diggins, fists in the air, scooted her ski boot over the finish line just 0.19 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Stina Nilsson. The Si Staff,, "The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From Every Sport at the 2018 Olympic Games," 24 Feb. 2018 Some point to the demolition of a nearby government building, which could have sent rats scooting to new digs. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Politics Is a Dirty Business—Starting with the Rats at Los Angeles City Hall," 10 Feb. 2019 The scooter comes with a lightweight backpack that attaches to the front, so kids can scoot around with ease without having to worry about carrying a heavy bag on their backs. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Backpack Doubles As A Scooter, And Any Kid Would Be OBSESSED," 25 Jan. 2019

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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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scoop net

scoop up






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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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