\ ˈskē How to pronounce ski (audio) , British sometimes ˈshē \
plural skis also ski

Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one of a pair of narrow strips of wood, metal, or plastic curving upward in front that are used especially for gliding over snow
b : water ski
2 : a piece of material that resembles a ski and is used as a runner on a vehicle


skied\ ˈskēd How to pronounce ski (audio) , ˈshēd \; skiing

Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to glide on skis in travel or as a sport

transitive verb

: to travel or pass over on skis

Other Words from ski


skiable \ ˈskē-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce ski (audio) \ adjective
skier noun

Examples of ski in a Sentence

Verb I have skied that mountain before.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun France has canceled a menu of year-end celebrations and barred tourists from Britain, a blow to the ski industry. New York Times, 21 Dec. 2021 Hours after the ski lifts closed, Trucco returned to Breuil-Cervinia on a snowmobile. The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2021 Hire a local backcountry guide to find untouched powder and endless lines beyond the ski lifts. Breanna Wilson, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 For ski lifts, the state took in less than $15,000 in permits and fees but spent close to another $400,000 the report said. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 27 Oct. 2021 Trees in a photo of the Mt. Lemmon lift from his database of North American ski lifts match those in the viral photo. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 28 June 2021 Winter slopes and ski lifts are transformed to host adventurous downhill mountain biking come summer. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 For the most part, though, these choices tend to be located outside of town, often in resort developments set close to the ski lifts and hiking trails. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 The cable car service had only recently reopened after coronavirus lockdowns closed ski lifts across Italy. NBC News, 24 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last February, Idaho’s Sun Valley pulled the curtain back on 380 acres, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, many weren’t able to ski it. Tim Neville, Outside Online, 26 Dec. 2021 Aspen wood cores and an algal polyurethane laminate produce lively and light skis that are less tiring to ski on all day and lessen the amount of torque on a skiers’ knees. Brigid Mander, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 On Monday, Gelsinger reminisced about raising his family in Oregon – teaching his kids to ski on Mount Hood and Mount Bachelor and enjoying a vacation home at Sunriver. oregonlive, 6 Dec. 2021 The Cranmore Snowsport School is considered one of the top schools in the industry, teaching beginners to ski and snowboard for more than 80 years., 8 Nov. 2021 At a certain hour, the conversation would turn to the lines that groups would ski the next day. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Dec. 2021 One more change: While the company is no longer requiring reservations to ski, sales of single-day lift tickets will be limited during busy holiday periods. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 These accomplishments can be as simple as taking a singing lesson, finishing a project or learning to ski. Susan Johnston, Rolling Stone, 5 Nov. 2021 As Ben would ski, Weinstock would stay behind and bake, testing out her recipes for the French chefs who worked on the mountain. Dave Quinn,, 23 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of ski


1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for ski


Norwegian, from Old Norse skīth stick of wood, ski; akin to Old English scīd board, scēadan to divide — more at shed entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of long narrow pieces of wood, metal, or plastic that curve upward slightly in front, are attached to shoes, and are used for gliding over snow



English Language Learners Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or glide on skis over snow or water


\ ˈskē How to pronounce ski (audio) \
plural skis

Kids Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of narrow strips fastened one on each foot and used in gliding over snow or water


skied; skiing

Kids Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

: to glide on skis

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skier noun

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