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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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  • He told me to tell yer he's got his collars and cuffs in dat grip for a scoot clean out to 'Frisco.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • "scoot down there and climb into that boat," he said proudly to Eileen.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The three spans on the scoot dashed down the slope, but brought up abruptly on different sides of a tree.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Now scoot, quick, for it won't do for them to see you haunting round.

  • "Now scoot as hard as you can go," I told him, opening the door, and he was gone like a flash into the dark night.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • I must scoot now, and go back to my practising, or I shall have Bunty on my track.

  • How'd you like to scoot up there with me in a fast aeroplane?

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • He's the kind of old cove I'd like to get real narked and then scoot.

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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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