Meaning of SKIP in English

I. ˈskip verb

( skipped ; skipped ; skipping ; skips )

Etymology: Middle English skippen, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skopa to take a run, Swedish dialect skopa to hop, dance; probably akin to Old Saxon skop poet — more at scop

intransitive verb



(1) : to move or proceed with a skip : move with leaps and bounds : move in a light dancing motion : caper , gambol

can skip and frisk about with wonderful agility — William Cowper

(2) : to move by bounding off one point after another : ricochet

skipping across the surface of the water like a flung stone — C.L.Biemiller

(3) : to proceed as if by exaggerated bounds

the shock wave, which often skips erratically, was felt … some 130 miles distant — New York Times

: hop

skip along the Florida coast towns in a … helicopter — Horace Sutton

b. : to move quickly, easily, and usually blithely

skipped happily to his hotel to interview him — Sinclair Lewis

small yachts skipped here and there — Alan Villers

the opening chapters alternately plod and skip along — Jay Leyda

c. : to leave hurriedly

cut poles for a corral and put a couple of horses in it so we could skip pretty fast — Bruce Siberts

a warrant of arrest … was never served because the person skipped out — Erle Stanley Gardner

especially after getting funds by fraud or dishonest means

the teller skipped with the till

or to avoid paying a debt

guests who skip on their bills — Horace Sutton

d. : to move erratically or at random

skipping through the country from one town to another

e. : to discuss or investigate quickly : skim

bought the paper, calmly skipped through the interview — H.Ledig-Rowohlt


a. : to pass over or omit a topic, section, or line : move from one point to another by omitting or disregarding the intervals

you may skip through a book, reading only those passages here and there which concern you — L.R.McColvin

a little bored by the passage … he skips over it — Bernard De Voto

the biography skips from his infancy to his graduation from law school

b. : to pass from one grade in school to the next but one without going through the intermediate grade

c. : to leave out a step in a progression or series

his heart skipped in terror

specifically : misfire 1 — used of an internal combustion engine

d. : jump vi 3a(5)

transitive verb


a. : to pass over without notice, mention, or attention : omit in reading, investigation, or discussion

to skip the old guard … two writers with definite talent must be noted — Richard Plant

the scientists should skip that part of the book — London Calling

it skips and dodges all the real questions — A.H.Vandenberg b. 1907

b. : to pass over (a step or stage in development or time)

when an adjustment for the superior child is attempted, it sometimes takes the form of skipping a grade — J.D.Russell & C.H.Judd

the festival concerts skip a day — Claudia Cassidy

: fail to participate in or do (a normal or regular function)

the president skipped his regular Thursday press conference — Newsweek

the three of us skipped chow and lit for town — Len Zinberg

c. : to pass over or by (a point, space, or area)

separate related groups of paragraphs by skipping four blank lines — W.R.Parker

they plan to skip the larger cities on their trip

d. : to pass by or leave out (a step in a progression or series)

skips every third line

makes the strongest pulse beat faster and the weakest to skip many beats — L.P.Stryker

the tune skips a note

e. : to fail or neglect to take, accept, order, or give

if I've only stayed overnight and he has done nothing for me, I skip the tip — Richard Joseph


a. : to cause to skip

parents want their daughter or son … skipped to second grade the day he enters school — Caroline Tryon

looking for flat stones to skip in the sea — Tomorrow

b. : to drop (a bomb) in skip bombing

skipped heavy bombs into their railroad-tunnel lairs — F.G.Vosburgh

3. : to leap over lightly and with agility

skipped the hedge and the wall


a. : to depart from quickly and secretly especially under suspicion or after a misdemeanor

built up a big load of debts, then skipped town with all his merchandise — J.P.Blank

b. : to stay away from without permission

skip school

skipped the staff meeting again

- skip bail

- skip rope

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English skippe, from skippen, v.

1. : an act or instance of skipping: as

a. : a light blithe bounding step

the skip of the lamb and the caper of the kid — Douglas Kennedy

b. : a gait composed of alternating hops and steps

c. : a dance step consisting of a hop taking off and landing on the same foot with the free foot raised slightly in front or back


a. : a deliberate or accidental passing over or omission

read the book without a skip

specifically : a melodic musical progression from one note to another at an interval greater than one scale step

b. : something skipped or to be skipped: as

(1) : a small isolated spot or area left unintentionally when painting

(2) : a depression in the surface of a board missed by the planer or finisher

c. : a small spot in planted ground where a crop fails to establish itself

the seeder left many skips

d. : skip straight



[short for skipkennel ]

: footman , lackey — compare scout 4

b. : a debtor who attempts to avoid paying by moving away without leaving a forwarding address

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: alteration of skep


a. : skep

b. : a basket, bucket, or open car mounted on wheels, rails, or vertical shafts for carrying men and materials (as in mining, quarrying, or manufacturing) : gunboat 2

c. : the container on a concrete mixer that receives the charge of aggregate and cement and is hoisted to discharge these materials into the drum

2. : a slab of coal cut from a pillar or breast

3. skips plural : thin brown papers of a grade suitable for lining containers (as for textiles)

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: short for skipper

1. : the captain of a side in a game (as curling or lawn bowling) who advises his men as to the play and controls the action

2. : skipper

V. transitive verb

( skipped ; skipped ; skipping ; skips )

: to act as skipper of (a curling or lawn bowling team)

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