Meaning of SKIM in English


I. ˈskim verb

( skimmed ; skim·ming )

Etymology: Middle English skymmen, skemen, probably from Anglo-French escumer, from escume foam, scum, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch schum scum — more at scum

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to clear (a liquid) of scum or floating substance

skim boiling syrup

b. : to remove (as film or scum) from the surface of a liquid

c. : to remove cream from by skimming

d. : to remove the best or most easily obtainable contents from

2. : to read, study, or examine superficially and rapidly ; especially : to glance through (as a book) for the chief ideas or the plot

3. : to throw in a gliding path ; especially : to throw so as to ricochet along the surface of water

4. : to cover with or as if with a film, scum, or coat

5. : to pass swiftly or lightly over


a. : to remove or conceal (as a portion of casino profits) to avoid payment of taxes

b. : embezzle

skimming money from employee pension plans

intransitive verb


a. : to pass lightly or hastily : glide or skip along, above, or near a surface

b. : to give a cursory glance, consideration, or reading

2. : to become coated with a thin layer of film or scum

3. : to put on a finishing coat of plaster

4. : to embezzle money

II. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : a thin layer, coating, or film

2. : the act of skimming

3. : something skimmed ; specifically : skim milk

III. adjective

Date: 1794

1. : having the cream removed by skimming

2. : made of skim milk

skim cheese

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