sky·​jack ˈskī-ˌjak How to pronounce skyjack (audio)
skyjacked; skyjacking; skyjacks

transitive verb

: to commandeer (an airplane in flight) by the threat of violence
skyjacker noun
skyjacking noun

Examples of skyjack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only unsolved skyjacking in U.S. history still baffles the FBI and amateur sleuths. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History


sky entry 1 + -jack (as in hijack)

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skyjack was in 1961

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“Skyjack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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