Meaning of SKIP in English


I. skip 1 /skɪp/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle skipped , present participle skipping )

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language ]

1 . NOT DO SOMETHING [transitive] informal to not do something that you usually do or that you should do SYN miss :

She skipped lunch in order to go shopping.

Williams skipped the game to be with his wife in the hospital.

skip school/class especially American English :

He skipped chemistry class three times last month.

2 . NOT DEAL WITH SOMETHING [intransitive and transitive] to not read, mention, or deal with something that would normally come or happen next:

I decided to skip the first chapter.

skip to

Let’s skip to the last item on the agenda.

skip over

I suggest we skip over the details and get to the point.

3 . CHANGE SUBJECTS [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to go from one subject to another in no fixed order

skip about/around/from

It’s difficult to have a conversation with her because she skips from one topic to another.

4 . MOVEMENT [intransitive] to move forward with quick steps and jumps

skip across/along etc

He turned and skipped away, singing happily to himself.

5 .

JUMP OVER A ROPE [intransitive] to jump over a rope as you swing it over your head and under your feet, as a game or for exercise SYN jump rope American English

6 . skip town/skip the country informal to leave a place suddenly and secretly, especially to avoid being punished or paying debts:

Then they found that Zaffuto had already skipped town.

7 . skip it! informal especially American English used to say angrily and rudely that you do not want to talk about something:

‘Sorry, what were you saying?’ ‘Oh, skip it!’

8 . skip rocks/stones American English to throw smooth flat stones into a lake, river etc in a way that makes them jump across the surface SYN skim British English

9 . BALL [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a ball or something similar skips off a surface, it quickly moves away from that surface after hitting it – used especially in news reports

skip off/along/across etc

The ball skipped off Bond’s glove and bounced toward the fence.

10 . skip a year/grade to start a new school year in a class that is one year ahead of the class you would normally enter

⇨ sb’s heart skips a beat at ↑ heart

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▪ jump verb [intransitive and transitive] to push yourself up into the air, over something etc, using your legs:

The cat jumped up onto the table.


He jumped over the stream.


His horse jumped the fence successfully.

▪ skip verb [intransitive] to move forwards with little jumps between your steps, especially because you are feeling happy:

The little girl was skipping down the street.

▪ hop verb [intransitive] to jump or move around on one leg:

He was hopping around because he’d injured his foot.

▪ leap verb [intransitive and transitive] especially written to suddenly jump up high or a long way:

The deer leapt over the fence.


Tina leapt onto the boat as it was moving away.


Fish were leaping out of the water.

▪ bounce verb [intransitive] to jump up and down several times, especially on something that has springs in it:

Children love bouncing on beds.

▪ dive verb [intransitive] to jump into water with your head and arms first:

Zoë dived into the swimming pool.

▪ vault /vɔːlt $ vɒːlt/ verb [intransitive and transitive] especially written to jump over something in one movement, using your hands or a pole to help you:

He vaulted the ticket barrier and ran for the exit.


Ben tried to vault over the bar.

skip off British English , skip out American English phrasal verb

to leave suddenly and secretly, especially in order to avoid being punished or paying money:

He skipped off without paying.

skip off on American English :

Tenants who skip out on utility bills are the focus of a new law.

Joel skipped out on his wife when she was 8 months pregnant.

II. skip 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . a skipping movement

2 . British English a large container for bricks, wood, and similar heavy waste SYN dumpster American English

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.