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


or skee

[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.
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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  • Afterwards, the guests sat before the crackling log fire and bored each other with tales of their skiing prowess.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • There were sports like swimming, mountain climbing, and skiing.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • skiing always seemed a wholesome sport to me,” interposed Mr. Parker, winking slyly at his daughter.

    The Cry at Midnight Mildred A. Wirt
  • A landsman would have said that my progress resembled pumping a rhapsody on a pianola, or skiing in the Alps.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • skiing, a Scandinavian sport, is a popular winter recreation.

    North Dakota Various
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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