skyjack

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

Definition of skyjack

transitive verb

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

Other Words from skyjack

skyjacker \ ˈskī-​ˌja-​kər How to pronounce skyjacker (audio) \ noun
skyjacking \ ˈskī-​ˌja-​kiŋ How to pronounce skyjacking (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of skyjack

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skyjack

sky entry 1 + -jack (as in hijack)

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The first known use of skyjack was in 1961

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