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ˈskē How to pronounce ski (audio)
 British sometimes  ˈshē
plural skis also ski
: one of a pair of narrow strips of wood, metal, or plastic curving upward in front that are used especially for gliding over snow
: a piece of material that resembles a ski and is used as a runner on a vehicle


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skied ˈskēd How to pronounce ski (audio)
; skiing

intransitive verb

: to glide on skis in travel or as a sport

transitive verb

: to travel or pass over on skis
skiable adjective
skier noun

Example Sentences

Verb I have skied that mountain before.
Recent Examples on the Web
Held in a luxe ski resort town, the Davos summit is the very image of global inequality — a key driver of the climate crisis. Dharna Noor,, 20 Jan. 2023 Visitors eat lunch outside the Campitello Matese ski resort where skiing and other winter sports were unavailable in early January 2023. Aryn Baker, Time, 19 Jan. 2023 The states of Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have rented prominent real estate in the ski resort, as have Tata Group and IT giant Infosys (INFY). Julia Horowitz, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 The resort, with roughly 200 kilometers of ski runs, has been planning for snow shortages like this for some time. WIRED, 18 Jan. 2023 But such a message is unlikely to have landed well at the Swiss ski resort. Bypeter Vanham, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2023 In Germany’s Alps, the Alpine skiing World Cup canceled some events because unseasonable winter rain had ruined prepared ski runs. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2023 Temps and conditions varied from sideways snow and 20 mile-per-hour winds in the Siskiyou Mountains to sun-kissed 50-degree spring break magic-carpet ski runs in Sun Valley. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 Deer Valley UTA’s Matt Rice and Marissa Devins, Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick Terry Crews and Elizabeth Banks and husband Max Handelman opted for an alpine escape at Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Dec. 2022
Head over to Mohawk Mountain to ski, snowboard or snow tube. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 11 Jan. 2023 Hundreds of thousands of people ski Tahoe each winter without issue. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Dec. 2022 Enter this military-grade thermal sleeve which protects your device against the elements, the official supplier to ski and snowboard instructors across the country. Grace Smith, Town & Country, 13 Dec. 2022 Snow season is here — but at California’s winter resorts, there’s more to do than simply ski and snowboard. Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 Ira Sachs, the adventurous and eccentric real estate developer who landed in Park City in the 1970s to ski and ended up opening one of its landmark hotels, has died. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 That was an unacceptable outcome for a country where children begin to ski and walk around the same age. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 This is a common question from drivers who live somewhere that doesn’t dictate winter tires, but use their vehicles to travel to colder places: People who live on California’s coast, but drive into the mountains to ski, for instance. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 1 Nov. 2022 Both boys learned to ski as toddlers and started snowboarding as adolescents. Tammy La Gorce, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History



Norwegian, from Old Norse skīth stick of wood, ski; akin to Old English scīd board, scēadan to divide — more at shed entry 1

First Known Use


1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of ski was in 1755

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Cite this Entry

“Ski.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
plural skis
: one of a pair of narrow strips of wood, metal, or plastic curving upward in front that are used for gliding over snow or water


2 of 2 verb
skied; skiing
: to glide on skis
skier noun

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