scoot

[skoot] Informal.
verb (used without object)
1.
to go swiftly or hastily; dart.
verb (used with object)
2.
to send or impel at high speed.
noun
3.
a swift, darting movement or course.

Origin:
1750–60; probably < Old Norse skota to push or skjōta to shoot1

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scoot (skuːt)
 
vb
1.  to go or cause to go quickly or hastily; dart or cause to dart off or away
2.  (Scot) to squirt
 
n
3.  the act of scooting
4.  (Scot) a squirt
 
[C19 probably of Scandinavian origin; compare shoot]

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scoot
1758, possibly from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. skjota "to shoot") related to shoot (q.v.). Scooter, the child's vehicle, first attested 1919.
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scoot definition


  1. in.
    to run or scurry quickly from one place to another. : I scooted from the bank to the cleaners and then on to the dentist's.
  2. n.
    a motorcycle. : Do you wear a brain-bucket on your scoot?
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Example sentences
The craze ended swiftly: it wasn't really becoming for grown-ups to scoot down pavements, scattering pedestrians.
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.
Soon, he taught himself programming to learn how to make little dots-representing trains and buses-scoot around the maps.
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