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scoot

[skoot] /skut/
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
1750-1760
1750-60; probably < Old Norse skota to push or skjōta to shoot1
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Examples 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

scoot

/skuːt/
verb
1.
to go or cause to go quickly or hastily; dart or cause to dart off or away
2.
(Scot) to squirt
noun
3.
the act of scooting
4.
(Scot) a squirt
Word Origin
C19 probably of Scandinavian origin; compare shoot
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Word Origin and History for scoot
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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Slang definitions & phrases for scoot

scoot

noun
  1. A dollar: Greg could have the sixty scoots, the guns, everything (1970s+)
  2. A motorcycle; Bike, iron (1960s+ Students)
verb
  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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