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[skoot] /skut/ Informal.
verb (used without object)
to go swiftly or hastily; dart.
verb (used with object)
to send or impel at high speed.
a swift, darting movement or course.
Origin of scoot
1750-60; probably < Old Norse skota to push or skjōta to shoot1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scoot
  • The craze ended swiftly: it wasn't really becoming for grown-ups to scoot down pavements, scattering pedestrians.
  • Soon, he taught himself programming to learn how to make little dots-representing trains and buses-scoot around the maps.
  • They use stiff tail feathers to brace themselves as they scoot up and down trees.
  • The painter had the cylinder leaning against his shoulder, and was attempting to scoot it across the floor.
  • Move the cart forward by pushing the rear wheels with your hands, wheelchair fashion, or scoot along with your feet on the ground.
British Dictionary definitions for scoot


to go or cause to go quickly or hastily; dart or cause to dart off or away
(Scot) to squirt
the act of scooting
(Scot) a squirt
Word Origin
C19 probably of Scandinavian origin; compare shoot
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Word Origin and History for scoot

1758, "run, fly, make off," perhaps originally nautical slang; 1805, "flow or gush out with force" (Scottish), of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skjota "to shoot") related to shoot (v.). Related: Scooted; scooting. As a noun from 1864.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scoot


  1. A dollar: Greg could have the sixty scoots, the guns, everything (1970s+)
  2. A motorcycle; Bike, iron (1960s+ Students)
  1. To move rapidly, esp in fleeing or escaping: When they saw the cops they scooted right out of there (1841+)
  2. To slide, esp suddenly as on a slippery surface: Let's scoot this thing into the corner (1838+)

[origin unknown; perhaps ultimately fr a Scandinavian cognate of shoot, by way of Scottish dialect; British naval scout, in the first verb sense, is found by 1758; the first noun sense may have an entirely different derivation than the two verb senses]

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