: a jeering or satirical remark : taunt
: a satirical or humorous story or sketch
: a brief burlesque or comic sketch included in a dramatic performance (such as a revue)
: 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 In the original 2017 skit on Saturday Night Live, Gosling played a font aficionado who can’t seem to come to terms with the Avatar title font being Papyrus. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 15 Apr. 2024 Cowboy hats were ubiquitous, including on host Kelsea Ballerini, who donned Barbie’s pink Western getup for a skit. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2024 Regardless of how otherworldly this event is and how much planning people have dedicated to experiencing it in person, the internet is being the internet and providing an eclipse experience of its own. GIFs, quips and skits are flooding social media platforms like X on Monday. Kinsey Crowley, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 Dozens of other presentations, comedy skits, readings and Ted-style talks took place during the four-day event. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 Although O’Brien appeared in a pre-recorded skit for The Tonight Show, this will be his first time visiting in-person to the program. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2024 Saturday Night Live even poked fun at Britt's performance by featuring actress Scarlett Johansson as Britt in the show's opening skit. Hannah Pinski, The Courier-Journal, 2 Apr. 2024 The skit also brought in the series stalwart Kenan Thompson as a halal cart owner struggling to fast while serving delicious, aromatic food to his customers. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 31 Mar. 2024 Musicians and comedians have been banned for their lyrics and skits, or sometimes for just a single social media post. Li Yuan, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skit was circa 1727

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“Skit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a humorous story or sketch
especially : a sketch included in a dramatic performance

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