\ 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 skied (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

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

Examples of ski in a Sentence


I have skied that mountain before.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Utah recently arranged a private ski trip with an Olympic medalist. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Meet the Fixers Pitting States Against Each Other to Win Tax Breaks for New Factories," 18 May 2019 DMOS Collective set out to reinvent the shovel, and has developed one that can be used for every situation—from off-roading, restoration services, and ski-area management to everyday DIY around the house. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Only Shovel You'll Ever Need," 1 Feb. 2019 Alison ran around her palatial six-bedroom house in Georgia on a crisp January night in 2016, preparing to depart the next day for a family ski trip in Colorado. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.," 25 Feb. 2019 The Virginia Tech freshman was coming back from a ski trip with four friends when the driver fell asleep and slammed into a tree. CBS News, "Drowsy driving could be more common – and deadlier – than first thought," 8 Feb. 2018 In February 2016, Gorsuch was on a ski slope, contemplating a mogul field, when his phone buzzed with news of Scalia’s death. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 The couple announced their engagement in January after Zylka proposed atop a ski slope in Aspen. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Paris Hilton’s Naked Dress At Cannes Will Have You Saying “That’s Hot”," 17 May 2018 Kushner’s parents—Pinky, a Southern redhead with a ski-jump nose, and Peter, the son of New York Communists—were scientists, integration activists, Beats. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Rachel Kushner’s Immersive Fiction," 23 Apr. 2018 Will and Kate walked through the Holmenkollen ski museum and then watched a demonstration from some of Norway’s top under-18 ski jumpers, before meeting them at the top of the ski jump. Erin Hill,, "Winter Romance! Prince William and Kate Middleton Are a Couple of Snow Bunnies in Norway," 2 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Deer Valley, where the Stonebridge house is listed, for example, a nearby amphitheater hosts weekly music festivals, giving the four-bedroom, three-bathroom greater appeal, beyond drawing in people who love to ski. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying a Mountain House to Rent on Airbnb," 20 May 2019 That headlamp belonged to professional ultrarunner Mike Foote, 34, of Missoula, who was attempting to break the world record for most vertical feet climbed and skied in 24 hours. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, "How Mike Foote Set an Obscure 24-Hour Skiing Record," 20 Mar. 2018 The foursome spent the holidays together skiing in Switzerland. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas Are on Another Fabulous Vacation Together," 26 Mar. 2019 Will and Kate have also taken the kids on skiing vacations around this time of year. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Won't Be Making Any Appearances This Week," 19 Feb. 2019 Diggins won three state titles skiing for Stillwater High School. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "Team U.S.A.? More Like Team Minnesota," 23 Feb. 2018 After skiing for various distances, athletes must collect themselves and slow down their heart rates in order to concentrate on shooting the targets. Dania Haughton,, "How far do they shoot in biathlon?," 15 Feb. 2018 Fourteen-year-old Charlie Thibault and his big sister, Lydia, love to ski together. James Sullivan,, "How ‘Fortnite’ took over your kids’ lives in a few short months," 27 Apr. 2018 Everybody was still at the lodge Wednesday morning despite some talk of trying to ski out Tuesday. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Avalanche-closed road to Hatcher Pass could be reopened Wednesday, freeing stranded skiers," 21 Mar. 2018

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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

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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