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ˈskē How to pronounce ski (audio)
 British sometimes  ˈshē
plural skis also ski
: one of a pair of narrow strips of wood, metal, or plastic curving upward in front that are used especially for gliding over snow
: a piece of material that resembles a ski and is used as a runner on a vehicle


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skied ˈskēd How to pronounce ski (audio)
; skiing

intransitive verb

: to glide on skis in travel or as a sport

transitive verb

: to travel or pass over on skis
skiable adjective
skier noun

Examples of ski in a Sentence

Verb I have skied that mountain before.
Recent Examples on the Web
Aristocrats have long been masters of ski style, striking a critical balance between practicality and fashion in a rarefied setting. Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 30 Nov. 2023 Just as parabolic skis turned intermediates into experts on the slopes, AI will amplify the genius that resides within all of us. John Tamny, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 But wait — there are frozen waterfalls to see, outdoor Christmas markets to shop, and ski slopes coated in fresh snow begging to be shredded. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 29 Nov. 2023 For those who do want to take advantage of being in ski country, the residence includes amenities like a spacious ski storage area. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 28 Nov. 2023 The venue is southwest of the center of Dubai, a city of many climate contradictions, with indoor ski slopes miles from massive solar parks. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 Brent strapped on a snowboard and Slayer put on a pair of skis. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 Whistler Blackcomb, Canada Thanks to its giant mountains — Whistler and Blackcomb — this ski area has something for everyone. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 18 Nov. 2023 London’s Pleasance Theatre will transform into the Deer Valley ski resort for a 10-day run beginning Dec. 13. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, For The Country’s Highest Peak Head to the Bavarian Alps to ski the slopes of Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Those who can afford to can beat the heat by skiing down an indoor slope or having ice delivered to their pools. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2023 The actress recalled not planning to ski until Kennedy convinced her. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Paltrow, who said Sanderson was the one who had skied into her, counter-sued for $1 and attorney fees. Variety, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 Given its location right off the mountain, guests can ski or snowboard in to experience the lively atmosphere, which often comes with live music. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 Sanderson had accused Paltrow of a hit-and-run crash — slamming into him while skiing on a beginner’s run at Deer Valley Resort, causing ongoing injuries, and then quickly leaving the scene along with her instructor. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023 At the same time, the number of people skiing in uncontrolled backcountry terrain, where avalanches are most likely, has exploded in the past 20 years. WIRED, 11 Nov. 2023 Even if your family doesn't ski, Jackson Gore is still an awesome resort. Karen Cicero, Parents, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of ski was in 1755

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Cite this Entry

“Ski.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
plural skis
: one of a pair of narrow strips of wood, metal, or plastic curving upward in front that are used for gliding over snow or water


2 of 2 verb
skied; skiing
: to glide on skis
skier noun


from Norwegian ski "a ski," from an early Norse word skīth "a stick of wood"

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