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[skeet] /skit/
noun
1.
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 of skeet1
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)

skeet2

[skeet] /skit/
noun, Poker.
1.
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

skeet3

[skeet] /skit/
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 thinks she has to be silly over the fact that Mr. Cummings has gone up to town, I suppose.

  • When we get to Havaner, skeet's pa will give him that twice over, if he wants it.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • I nearly busted my head open, and brother Johnson said: "Try it again," but after that I was scared to skeet any more.

  • Then Mitch called back and said, "I'm goin', skeet—come for me—what time?"

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • Everybody called me skeet, though my name was Arthur, which I hated.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • Pearson took five wickets for 17, skeet three for 21, Roberts two for 13.

British Dictionary definitions for skeet

skeet

/skiːt/
noun
1.
a form of clay-pigeon shooting in which targets are hurled from two traps at varying speeds and angles Also called skeet shooting
Word Origin
C20: changed from Old Norse skeyti a thrown object, from skjōta to shoot
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Word Origin and History for skeet
n.

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

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