1 [skip]
verb (used without object), skipped, skipping.
to move in a light, springy manner by bounding forward with alternate hops on each foot.
to pass from one point, thing, subject, etc., to another, disregarding or omitting what intervenes: He skipped through the book quickly.
to go away hastily and secretly; flee without notice.
Education. to be advanced two or more classes or grades at once.
to ricochet or bounce along a surface: The stone skipped over the lake.
verb (used with object), skipped, skipping.
to jump lightly over: The horse skipped the fence.
to pass over without reading, noting, acting, etc.: He skipped the bad parts.
to miss or omit (one of a repeated series of rhythmic actions): My heart skipped a beat.
to be absent from; avoid attendance at: to skip a school class.
to send (a missile) ricocheting along a surface.
Informal. to leave hastily and secretly or to flee from (a place): They skipped town.
a skipping movement; a light jump or bounce.
a gait marked by such jumps.
a passing from one point or thing to another, with disregard of what intervenes: a quick skip through Europe.
Music. a melodic interval greater than a second.
a natural depression below the surface of a planed board.
Informal. a person who has absconded in order to avoid paying debts or meeting other financial responsibilities.
Verb phrases
skip out on, Informal. to flee or abandon; desert: He skipped out on his wife and two children.

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English skippen, perhaps < Old Norse skopa to run (compare Icelandic skoppa to skip); (noun) late Middle English skyppe, derivative of the v.

skippingly, adverb

1. caper, hop. Skip, bound refer to an elastic, springing movement. To skip is to give a series of light, quick hops alternating the feet: to skip about. Bound suggests a series of long, rather vigorous leaps; it is also applied to a springing or leaping type of walking or running rapidly and actively: A dog came bounding up to meet him. 2. skim. 12. leap, spring, caper, hop. Unabridged


2 [skip]
the captain of a curling or bowling team.
Informal. skipper1.
verb (used with object), skipped, skipping.
to serve as skip of (a curling or bowling team).
Informal. skipper1.

1820–30; short for skipper1


3 [skip]
Mining. a metal box for carrying ore, hauled vertically or on an incline.

1805–15; alteration of skep Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
skip1 (skɪp)
vb (when intr, often foll by over, along, into, etc) (foll by through) , skips, skipping, skipped
1.  to spring or move lightly, esp to move by hopping from one foot to the other
2.  (intr) to jump over a skipping-rope
3.  to cause (a stone, etc) to bounce or skim over a surface or (of a stone) to move in this way
4.  to omit (intervening matter), as in passing from one part or subject to another: he skipped a chapter of the book
5.  informal to read or deal with quickly or superficially: he skipped through the accounts before dinner
6.  informal (tr) to miss deliberately: to skip school
7.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) to leave (a place) in haste or secrecy: to skip town
8.  a skipping movement or gait
9.  the act of passing over or omitting
10.  (US), (Canadian) music another word for leap
11.  informal skip it! it doesn't matter!
[C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse skopa to take a run, obsolete Swedish skuppa to skip]

skip2 (skɪp)
n, —vb , skips, skipping, skipped
1.  informal short for skipper
2.  the captain of a curling or bowls team

skip3 (skɪp)
1.  a large open container for transporting building materials, etc
2.  a cage used as a lift in mines, etc
[C19: variant of skep]

skip4 (skɪp)
a college servant, esp of Trinity College, Dublin
[C17: probably shortened from archaic skip-kennel a footman or lackey (from skip1 + kennel²)]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "to spring lightly," also "to jump over," probably from O.N. skopa "to skip, run," from P.Gmc. *skupanan (cf. M.Swed. skuppa, dial. Swed. skopa "to skip, leap"). Meaning "omit intervening parts" first recorded c.1385. Meaning "fail to attend" is from 1905. The noun is attested from c.1440. The
custom of skipping rope has been traced to 17c.; it was commonly done by boys as well as girls until late 19c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with skip, also see heart misses (skips) a beat; hop, skip, and a jump.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
He plans to skip coffee and be on the water again before sunrise.
Let us skip over the interval in the history of her downward progress.
Skip the needle and thread and instead use stamps to make easy monogrammed
Skip the snow cave, and check into a stylish winter perch.
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