skeet

skeet

1 [skeet]
noun
a form of trapshooting in which two traps are used and targets are hurled singly or in pairs at varying elevations and speeds so as to simulate the angles of flight taken by game birds.
Also called skeet shooting.


Origin:
adopted in 1926 as the result of a contest to choose a name for the sport (the winner claimed that the word was “a very old form” of shoot1)

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skeet

2 [skeet]
noun Poker.
a hand consisting of a nine, five, two, and two other cards of denominations below nine but not of the same denomination, being of special value in certain games.
Also called kilter, pelter.


Origin:
origin uncertain

skeet

3 [skeet]
verb (used with object) Southern U.S. and British Dialect.
1.
to spit (saliva or a mouthful of other liquid) from the mouth, especially between the teeth.
2.
to splash; spray: Skeet some cold water on your face to cool off.

Origin:
1875–80; compare Scots skite, scoot in same sense, probably ultimately < Old Norse skýt-, stem of skjóta to shoot, propel dart (see shoot1)

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skeet (skiːt)
 
n
Also called: skeet shooting a form of clay-pigeon shooting in which targets are hurled from two traps at varying speeds and angles
 
[C20: changed from Old Norse skeyti a thrown object, from skjōta to shoot]

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skeet
form of trapshooting, 1926, a name chosen as "a very old form of our present word 'shoot.' " Perhaps O.N. skotja "to shoot" (see shoot) was intended.
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