\ 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

Fila is tapping into their broad design archives and pulling inspiration from their 70's, 80's, and 90's archival ski, trekking, and alpine collections for design direction. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Fila's Newest Collection Will Get You Outside ASAP," 18 July 2019 The Winter Park business offers summer ski and snowboard camps and gives snowsport enthusiasts a chance to practice and refine their technique in the off season. Patrick Connolly,, "Find ways to beat the heat in Central Florida," 2 July 2019 The destination offers adult ski and snowboard camps each summer for people aged 21 and up. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Adult space camp is a real thing, plus more summer camps for grown-ups," 22 June 2019 Science + Tech = MACH Surf's up, skis down: As climate change warms the oceans, waves have gotten bigger. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Iran shoots down a U.S. drone, Biden sticks to comments & Kauai's coast reopens: The Morning Rundown," 20 June 2019 Some of the major bus manufacturers are still getting over their skis, production-wise. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken Over the World—Yet," 7 June 2019 Worn wrapped around the neck or at the waist, this is an easy way to evoke après-ski or grunge chic, respectively. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "10 Styling Tips from the Fall Runways to Try Now," 19 Mar. 2019 Jer’s first time on the slalom ski, and Ember’s first time on the boat! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey Roloff Shares Rare Wedding Footage on Instagram for Her and Jeremy's Anniversary," 21 Sep. 2018 In the winter months, Scherper is considering renting snowshoes and cross-country skis from the shipping container. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sherper's starts work on new Port Washington store, wants the city to become a 'destination' for outdoor enthusiasts," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From chocolate-tasting tours to ski slopes to cathedrals, this lakeside haven caters to all tastes. Jharna Thakkar, National Geographic, "Geneva's hidden gems: the ultimate weekend itinerary," 30 May 2019 Until 2016, only a handful of kids in Orwell, the one-store Vermont town where Stefanie and her husband own a dairy farm, knew how to ski. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Fortunately for Vonn and her fellow U.S. Olympians, none of these animals knows how to ski. Chris Wilson, Time, "We Raced Winter Olympic Athletes Against a Snow Leopard. Here’s Who Won," 13 Feb. 2018 In 2017, Bargiel announced his intention to ski K2. National Geographic, "Meet the skier who made the 'impossible' first solo descent of K2," 12 June 2019 In Deer Valley, where the Stonebridge house is listed, for example, a nearby amphitheater hosts weekly music festivals, giving the four-bedroom, three-bathroom greater appeal, beyond drawing in people who love to ski. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying a Mountain House to Rent on Airbnb," 20 May 2019 That headlamp belonged to professional ultrarunner Mike Foote, 34, of Missoula, who was attempting to break the world record for most vertical feet climbed and skied in 24 hours. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, "How Mike Foote Set an Obscure 24-Hour Skiing Record," 20 Mar. 2018 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

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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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