\ˈskē, 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, 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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Other Words from ski


skiable \ˈskē-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
skier noun

Examples of ski in a Sentence


I have skied that mountain before.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie first met while vacationing in Switzerland, at the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Combined Net Worth?," 5 Oct. 2018 Snowboard slayer Weird, part three: Tencent is making a battle royale game where everyone’s stranded at a ski resort. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Katamari Damacy finally rolls onto PCs, Tencent's snowboarding battle royale," 14 Sep. 2018 Although Bode excelled on skis, Chilly mastered the mountain on a snowboard — and hoped to take his skills to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Stephanie Petit,, "How Bode Miller Coped with His Brother's Tragic Death Before Losing His 19-Month-Old Daughter," 12 June 2018 The Colorado native showed the world what he's made of though, and got up after his tumble to finish out the run on his own skis. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Two Olympic Halfpipe Skiers Went Down in Nasty Crashes Last Night," 22 Feb. 2018 Even though the city was snowed-in and the zoo was closed to the public, Hess strapped on his cross-country skis and traveled across town to shoot this adorable footage. Country Living, "Watch What This Polar Bear Cub Does After Huge Snow Storm Shuts Down Oregon Zoo," 12 Jan. 2017 The 2016-2017 ski season was a boon for resorts in the West because of record snowfall and surging visitation numbers. Hugo Martin,, "Another weak snow season brings zip lines, yoga, cycling to California resorts this summer," 29 June 2018 At the Mountainfilm festival over the weekend people set up an impromptu memorial of skis, poles and notes in a Telluride park. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "She survived a deadly Mount Everest climb — but not the stairs in her Colorado home," 1 June 2018 Located off of the Florida Turnpike, the American Dream will have a water park with a giant indoor pool, an artificial ski slope, an indoor ice rink, restaurants, and up to 1,200 stores. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Looks Like A Waterpark, But It’s Actually One Gigantic Mall," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Swirbul skied for Seawolves this season but recently left UAA to join the APU team, which does not compete collegiately. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "17-year-old is among 8 Alaskans named to national ski, snowboard teams," 25 May 2018 In winter, ski any of the dozens of routes and peep some of the region’s highest peaks like Marmolada and Civetta. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 Cabrera skied it to right field. Shaded over toward center field, Josh Reddick gave chase, running down the fast-falling fly ball near the foul line. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Brian McCann's home run helps secure Astros' win over Indians," 21 May 2018 From October to April, students can ski or snowboard. Diane Daniel,, "Active itineraries: More vacation packages combine travel and fitness," 23 Mar. 2018 Lewis skied over Jack Gordon to grab it at the 3-point line. Julian Benbow,, "Harvard men’s basketball routs Cornell to reach Ivy final," 10 Mar. 2018 SLALOM SURPRISE Hirscher skied off course in the opening run of the men’s slalom, while Kristoffersen set the fastest time. Washington Post, "US women beat Canada in Olympic hockey; Gisin tops Shiffrin," 6 Mar. 2018 Along with their seven siblings, the twins skied using gear from the lost-and-found. Zoe Sayler, Smithsonian, "These Portraits Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of What It Means to Be an Olympian," 5 Feb. 2018 Media: Sports Illustrated Alex Bregman skied a popup — the Astros' eighth flyout of the night — along the foul line in right field. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle to get offense going in loss to Angels," 15 May 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 \
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

Other Words from ski

skier noun

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