\ 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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For his part, Spiller, son of former A&M tight end Fred Spiller, made a quick impression in August camp, and scooted past a handful of veterans to become Corbin's primary backup. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M RB Jashaun Corbin out for season with hamstring injury," 9 Sep. 2019 For his part, Spiller, son of former A&M tight end Fred Spiller, made a quick impression in August camp and scooted past a handful of veterans to become Corbin’s primary backup. Brent Zwerneman,, "Texas A&M loses running back Jashaun Corbin for the season," 9 Sep. 2019 As Dorian scoots toward Nova Scotia where it was expected by the weekend, the hurricane center said tropical-storm conditions could be upon a portion of Massachusetts within 36 hours. David Fleshler,, "Eye of Hurricane Dorian moves back over Atlantic after landfall at Cape Hatteras, N.C.," 6 Sep. 2019 On Andrew Benintendi’s wall-ball double, Bogaerts blazed through a stop sign from third base coach Carlos Febles, who had to scoot out of the way as Bogaerts charged home. Matt Porter,, "Rick Porcello finds his form against Royals, halts an eight-game Red Sox skid," 5 Aug. 2019 It’s hoping robots, drones, or whatever else scoots out of Silicon Valley can help. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Nuro’s Pizza Robot Will Bring You a Domino’s Pie," 17 June 2019 After all, scooting through your next text message would ruin the scooter’s day. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Keep the Clean Power Plan; Don’t blame the scooter; America can do better on climate; Hall of Fame is run by louts (6/25/19)," 26 June 2019 Users are scooting along sidewalks and The 606 trail – two places where they are banned – as well as riding against street traffic. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Scooters popular, but safety rules aren’t, a gerrymandering win for Illinois Democrats and other things to know to start your day," 28 June 2019 And so Will Smith, fresh off his latest game-changing blast, reluctantly scooted up the dugout steps at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles Times, "Clayton Kershaw tops Sandy Koufax in strikeouts, Will Smith hits grand slam in Dodgers’ win," 1 Aug. 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 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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