\ 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

There will be a Nickelodeon Theme Park, DreamWorks Water Park, Legoland Discovery Center, an aquarium, a bunny aviary, an ice rink, and a ski and snowboard park. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The American Dream Mega Mall Is Opening Up Right Outside of New York City This Fall," 19 Aug. 2019 For over thirty years, the Kallens enjoyed rest and relaxation at their vacation home in Townshend, Vermont, and on the nearby ski trails., "Polly Kallen," 18 Aug. 2019 On April 1 each year, researchers ski and snowshoe out into the high mountains of the western Unite States to jab stakes into the bright, crystalline snow, checking the thickness of the blanket. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "'Snow droughts' are coming for the American West," 14 Aug. 2019 Later in the week Klum shared a snap of her and her new hubby riding a jew ski around the waters of Capri. Colleen Kratofil,, "Heidi Klum Finally Reveals Who Designed Her Wedding Dress in a Dreamy Video," 16 Aug. 2019 Or in the winter for those who want to cross-country ski or use the club’s golf simulators? Teddy Greenstein,, "'Have you ever wanted to host a tournament in your backyard?’ Go inside the Tiny House next to the 14th tee at Medinah Country Club," 15 Aug. 2019 Arapahoe Basin also boasts one of the longest ski seasons in the state. Mckenna Harford, The Know, "Winter Park expecting more skiers now that Arapahoe Basin is also on the Ikon Pass," 13 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the breathtaking scenery shines in the summer in this renowned ski town, and there's still another month-and-a-half left of summer to book your trip out West. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "See Inside Ina and Jeffrey Garten's Magical Summer Vacation," 8 Aug. 2019 The wood paneling hides several storage spaces, including one for a washer-dryer and one specially built to hold skis. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Jackson Hole Guest House Is an Alpine Dream," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The new park also unlocks the opportunity for Timberline patrons to ski and mountain bike in a single day — all without leaving the resort., "New Mount Hood bike park opens: ’It’s going to change the face of Timberline’," 12 Aug. 2019 The resort is selling tickets that allow visitors to ski, bike and golf in a single day. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, "Once hoping for skiing into August, Mammoth Mountain slopes to close July 28," 16 July 2019 Others had arrived in Canmore, including Scott Coldiron, one of Jess’s climbing partners, and Lama’s girlfriend, Hadley Hammer, who skis for the North Face. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 In 1998, Michel was killed in an avalanche while skiing in British Columbia. Washington Post, "Months before Canada’s election, Justin Trudeau’s colorful mother takes the stage to tell all," 25 July 2019 And anyone willing to hike up the slopes can ski or snowboard back down (but must yield to sledders). Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Rocky Mountain National Park," 8 May 2019 The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, where couples can ski, ice skate, hike and then indulge in massages, is offering its Grand Romance package for Valentine’s Day. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 hotels for a Valentine's Day getaway in Wisconsin," 2 Feb. 2018 In 1994 and 1996, the Norwegian was the first person to ski alone without resupply to the North Pole and across Antarctica. National Geographic, "This polar explorer is skiing the Arctic to show just how much ice is really gone," 3 July 2019 An inning later, McNeil skied a homer into the Arcade in straightaway right on an 0-2 pitch for a two-run homer and a 4-0 Mets lead. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ win streak ends at seven amid a flurry of Mets home runs," 20 July 2019

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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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