\ 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

Scott made them in the shapes of slot machines and washing machines, while Lagerfeld turned a ski gondola into the must-have cross-body from his swan song at Chanel. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 8 Best Accessory Trends of Fall 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 For information of cross-country ski trails, see Where to stay The 25-room National Park Inn at Longmire has rooms with ($187-$230) and without ($132-$166) private baths. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Think hot tubs, après ski drinks, and of course, hitting the slopes. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "8 Great Places to Learn How to Ski If You've Never Been," 16 Feb. 2019 The winter sport experts at Alpine Adventures will impart their wisdom on the best trails, routes, itineraries, and, most importantly, après-ski boîtes. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "What to Do in St. Moritz During January," 7 Jan. 2019 Every winter is big business for the swanky ski town, and this year, a slew of high-profile openings and updates are garnering buzz. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 The project in Colorado would offer high-speed transit north-south along the Rocky Mountain Front Range, as well as west toward the state's famed ski towns. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Colorado hyperloop gets futuristic terminal — on paper," 23 May 2018 On April 12, the couple were married at the Aspen Mountain Club in Aspen, their favorite ski town. New York Times, "50 So-So Dates Later, a Breakup Gets Unbroken," 11 May 2018 The old man ran cattle in Sun Valley before the tony ski town existed. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "This is the last call for another Boise icon, home of fishing reels and PBR | Idaho Statesman," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 During an investigation, police discovered that the mother and son decided to ski an alternate route back to their condo, through a wooded area. Caitlin Keating,, "California Mom and Son, 7, Killed by Snow Falling From Roof After Returning From Day of Skiing," 7 Mar. 2018 While downhill skiing at Mount Ashwabay outside Bayfield is done for the season, the cross-country ski trails remain open and were groomed and tracked after the big storm. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "April snow extends downhill and cross-country skiing season in Wisconsin," 19 Apr. 2018 Those of us who’d never skied before all took a big group lesson with two instructors, who taught us how to move our skis from pizza (angled to a point in front) to French fries (hip-width and parallel). Laurel Leicht, SELF, "8 Women-Only Ski Camps for Skiers of All Skill Levels," 2 Mar. 2018 The couple spent their days in St. Moritz and Zermatt on the slopes, and after skiing one of the longest runs in the world (starting in Switzerland and ends in Italy) Emily got suspicious, but no proposal came. Allix Cott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Taking Vows in Venice: Emily & Robert’s Chic Italian Nuptials," 9 June 2017 The park road to the Paradise area, which features a visitor center and snowy terrain where many people ski and snowshoe, was closed. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Mount Rainier National Park closes lower-elevation gate amid government shutdown," 7 Jan. 2019 Osorio then cracked his penalty off the crossbar, Bradley skied his even higher than Delgado’s miss, and that was it. Brian Straus,, "Toronto FC's CCL Run Falls Short in Gutting Fashion in Final Defeat to Chivas," 26 Apr. 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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