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scoot

[skoot] /skut/ 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 of scoot
1750-1760
1750-60; probably < Old Norse skota to push or skjōta to shoot1
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Historical Examples
  • Dave promptly gave orders that sent the Logan scooting further away from the transport fleet, out on its port flank.

  • Tell the professor to lay off, before he sends us scooting too.

    Spawn of the Comet Harold Thompson Rich
  • And then, reared over on one side and scooting along before the wind, a sailboat.

    The Phantom Violin Roy J. Snell
  • While scooting up the ladder we heard a gun; and another gun.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • After tea we set off for home, scooting down towards Wavre and Perwez, through the land of Brabant.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
  • Then something tripped me as I was scooting, and they had me before I could recover.

    Dick Merriwell Abroad Burt L. Standish
  • Other B-class guards were coming, scooting across the floor, alert and alarmed.

    The Defenders Philip K. Dick
  • By 'scooting' do you mean that you are going to walk across that moor again?

  • And all this explanation as our two youngsters are scooting through the dripping rain for Union Square.

  • Far in the distance they beheld Caven and Malone scooting for the train with all speed.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for scooting

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 scooting

scoot

v.

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 scooting

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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