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[skeyt-bawr-ding, -bohr-] /ˈskeɪtˌbɔr dɪŋ, -ˌboʊr-/
the sport of riding a skateboard.
Also called skurfing.
Origin of skateboarding
1960-65; skateboard + -ing1


[skeyt-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈskeɪtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a device for riding upon, usually while standing, consisting of a short, oblong piece of wood, plastic, or aluminum mounted on large roller-skate wheels, used on smooth surfaces and requiring better balance of the rider than the ordinary roller skate does.
verb (used without object)
to ride a skateboard.
1960-65; skate1 + board
Related forms
skateboarder, noun Unabridged
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  • skateboarding, once a fad, is now a national turn-on.
  • The government doesn't approve of skateboarding and riding in public places because of the physical damage the kids cause.
  • skateboarding, once a fad, is now a national turn-on.
  • Before writing about technology, he covered snowboarding and skateboarding as a journalist and worked in the music industry.
  • skateboarding is enthusiastically and regularly participated in by a significant number of residents.
  • The park is for skateboarding and in-line skating only.
  • Experienced instructors provide step-by-step instructions on how to safely get up and begin skateboarding.
  • Skating and skateboarding are inherently risky activities.
  • There appears to be a renewed interest in skateboarding.
  • skateboarding, skating and freestyle bicycling are potentially hazardous recreational activities.
British Dictionary definitions for skateboarding


a narrow board mounted on roller-skate wheels, usually ridden while standing up
(intransitive) to ride on a skateboard
Derived Forms
skateboarder, noun
skateboarding, noun
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Word Origin and History for skateboarding


1964, noun and verb, from skate (v.) on model of surfboard. The phenomenon began c.1963 in southern California and was nationwide the following summer.

Skateboarding requires only a tapered piece of wood flexibly mounted on roller-skate wheels and a stretch of pavement -- preferably downhill and away from traffic. ["Life," June 5, 1964]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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