\ 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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Other Words from ski


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

In February 2016, Gorsuch was on a ski slope, contemplating a mogul field, when his phone buzzed with news of Scalia’s death. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 The couple announced their engagement in January after Zylka proposed atop a ski slope in Aspen. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Paris Hilton’s Naked Dress At Cannes Will Have You Saying “That’s Hot”," 17 May 2018 Kushner’s parents—Pinky, a Southern redhead with a ski-jump nose, and Peter, the son of New York Communists—were scientists, integration activists, Beats. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Rachel Kushner’s Immersive Fiction," 23 Apr. 2018 Will and Kate walked through the Holmenkollen ski museum and then watched a demonstration from some of Norway’s top under-18 ski jumpers, before meeting them at the top of the ski jump. Erin Hill,, "Winter Romance! Prince William and Kate Middleton Are a Couple of Snow Bunnies in Norway," 2 Feb. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The foursome spent the holidays together skiing in Switzerland. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas Are on Another Fabulous Vacation Together," 26 Mar. 2019 Will and Kate have also taken the kids on skiing vacations around this time of year. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Won't Be Making Any Appearances This Week," 19 Feb. 2019 Diggins won three state titles skiing for Stillwater High School. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "Team U.S.A.? More Like Team Minnesota," 23 Feb. 2018 After skiing for various distances, athletes must collect themselves and slow down their heart rates in order to concentrate on shooting the targets. Dania Haughton,, "How far do they shoot in biathlon?," 15 Feb. 2018 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

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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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