\ˈskit \

Definition of skit 

1 : a jeering or satirical remark : taunt

2a : a satirical or humorous story or sketch

b(1) : a brief burlesque or comic sketch included in a dramatic performance (such as a revue)

(2) : a short serious dramatic piece especially : one done by amateurs

Examples of skit in a Sentence

One of the funniest skits in the show was about cheerleading.

Recent Examples on the Web

The scandal has even reached U.S. late-night television, with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday joking that Mr. Buhari was a clone before launching into a skit about the cloning of his co-host, Guillermo. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria Gripped by Whether President Is a Clone. ‘It’s the Real Me, I Assure You.’," 10 Dec. 2018 The crew was all smiles during a run through of the Breastworld skit, and the art department received endless compliments from their colleagues on the set’s colorful design. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned On the Set of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'," 18 May 2018 On last night’s opening of Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Donald Trump—wig, pout, and all—in a skit that mocked the president’s meeting with Kanye West in the Oval Office earlier this week. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Is How SNL Handled That Trump and Kanye Oval Office Meeting," 14 Oct. 2018 Starring in Banned in Boston, a revue of comedic skits and musical satire featuring local celebrities., "Five things to do the week of May 7-13," 5 May 2018 The statement apologized repeatedly, alternately explaining the context of the skit and assuring readers that Theta Tau was not trying to excuse the conduct. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Fraternity says oath pledging to hate blacks, Hispanics and Jews was satire — of a Republican," 20 Apr. 2018 Santini's solo skit show, My Cosmic Blowout, pushes so far into the confessional and the therapeutic that bits of it sound like self-help affirmations. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "My Cosmic Blowout is Analisha Santini's wild and witty confessional," 6 Apr. 2018 As in previous years, Berkshire Hathaway had created a video reel of skits with celebrities, who ostensibly agree to participate for free. New York Times, "There’s Only One Warren Buffett," 7 May 2018 That special someone turned out to be Miranda, who has appeared in a myriad of skits with Fallon in the past. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda Goof Off While Boating in 'Two Goats in a Boat' Video: Watch," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of skit

circa 1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skit

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of skit

: a short, funny story or performance


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: a brief sketch in play form

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