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[skee-ing] /ˈski ɪŋ/
the act or sport of gliding on skis.
Origin of skiing
1890-95; ski + -ing1


[skee] /ski/
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
Related forms
skiable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skiing
  • The same thumb damage can result during a fall while skiing, from the torque of the pole strap.
  • Many sported bright skiing jackets, as if they were about to take to the slopes.
  • He has also written features on subjects ranging from sports-talk radio to backcountry skiing.
  • Go skiing mid-week when there's fresh powder and no lift-lines.
  • It can be likened to a decision to stop skiing or playing the piano, if one has skied a lot or played the piano a lot.
  • The last day of skiing or boarding always tends to draw out those kinds of memories.
  • It's a really important part of your body-you need it for balance, for cross-country skiing and running.
  • We have long distance training-mostly running and cross-country skiing.
  • But visitors still enjoy snowshoe hikes and cross-country skiing at the southern and northern entrances.
  • Mountain ranges offer opportunities for downhill skiing, while rolling hills provide an ideal setting for cross-country skiing.
British Dictionary definitions for skiing


noun (pl) skis, ski
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): a ski boot
a water-ski
verb skis, skiing, skied, ski'd
(intransitive) to travel on skis
Derived Forms
skiable, adjective
skier, noun
skiing, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Norwegian, from Old Norse skith snowshoes; related to Old English scīd piece of split wood
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Word Origin and History for skiing

1885, verbal noun from ski (v.).

THE new sport which has lately been introduced at Beloit is skeeing. They are long ash planks, carefully and turned up at the end, and are warranted to take down hill quicker than a wink. After some practice performers become very expert, and the speed with which they go is something surprising. [Beloit College, Wisconsin, "Round Table," Dec. 18, 1885]



1883 (there is an isolated instance from 1755; in early use often spelled skee), from Norwegian ski, related to Old Norse skið "long snowshoe," literally "stick of wood, firewood," cognate with Old English scid "stick of wood," obsolete English shide "piece of wood split off from timber;" Old High German skit, German Scheit "log," from Proto-Germanic *skid- "to divide, split," from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Ski-jumper is from 1894; ski bum first attested 1960; ski-mask is from 1963; noted as part of criminal disguises from 1968.


1885, from ski (n.). Related: Skied; skiing.

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