skip

verb (1)
\ ˈskip How to pronounce skip (audio) \
skipped; skipping

Definition of skip

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1a : to move or proceed with leaps and bounds or with a skip
b : to bound off one point after another : ricochet
2 : to leave hurriedly or secretly skipped out without paying their bill
3a : to pass over or omit an interval, item, or step
b : to omit a grade in school in advancing to the next

transitive verb

1a : to pass over without notice or mention : omit skipped her name
b : to pass by or leave out (a step in a progression or series)
2a : to cause to skip (a grade in school)
b : to cause to bound or skim over a surface skip a stone across a pond
3 : to leap over lightly and nimbly
4a : to depart from quickly and secretly skipped town
b : to fail to attend or participate in skip the tournament
skip bail
: to jump bail
skip rope
: to use a jump rope (as for exercise or a game)

skip

noun (1)

Definition of skip (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : a light bounding step
b : a gait composed of alternating hops and steps
2 : an act of omission or the thing omitted

skip

noun (2)

Definition of skip (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : the captain of a side in a game (such as curling or lawn bowling) who advises the team as to the play and controls the action

skip

verb (2)
skipped; skipping

Definition of skip (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to act as skipper of

Other Words from skip

Verb (1)

skippable \ ˈski-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce skip (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of skip

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skip

Verb (1)

Middle English skippen, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skopa to hop

Noun (2)

short for skipper entry 2

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“Skip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skip. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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skip

verb
\ ˈskip How to pronounce skip (audio) \
skipped; skipping

Kids Definition of skip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move by taking short light steps and jumps
2 : to pass over or omit an item, space, or step I think you skipped a page.
3 : to leap over lightly and nimbly
4 : to fail to attend or do Everyone in the class seemed perfectly willing to skip arithmetic for one morning.— E. B. White, Stuart Little
5 : to bound or cause to bound off one point after another : skim We were skipping stones on the pond.

skip

noun

Kids Definition of skip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a light bounding step
2 : a way of moving by hops and steps

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