noun, plural skis or, sometimes, ski.
one of a pair of long, slender runners made of wood, plastic, or metal used in gliding over snow.
verb (used without object), skied, skiing.
to travel on skis, as for sport.
verb (used with object), skied, skiing.
to use skis on; travel on skis over: to ski the slopes of Switzerland.
Also, skee.

1745–55; < Norwegian; Old Norse skīth; cognate with Old English scīd strip of wood, German Scheit thin board

skiable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To skiablest
World English Dictionary
ski (skiː)
n , pl skis, ski
1.  a.  one of a pair of wood, metal, or plastic runners that are used for gliding over snow. Skis are commonly attached to shoes for sport, but may also be used as landing gear for aircraft, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a ski boot
2.  a water-ski
vb , skis, ski, skis, skiing, skied, ski'd
3.  (intr) to travel on skis
[C19: from Norwegian, from Old Norse skith snowshoes; related to Old English scīd piece of split wood]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1885 (there is an isolated instance from 1755), from Norw. ski, related to O.N. skið "snowshoe," lit. "stick of wood," cognate with O.E. scid "stick of wood," obs. Eng. shide; O.H.G. skit, Ger. Scheit "log," from P.Gmc. *skid- "to divide, split," from PIE base *skei- "to cut, split" (see
shed (v.)). The verb is 1893, from the noun. ski-jumper is from 1894; ski bum first attested 1960.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature