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skip1

[skip] /skɪp/
verb (used without object), skipped, skipping.
1.
to move in a light, springy manner by bounding forward with alternate hops on each foot.
2.
to pass from one point, thing, subject, etc., to another, disregarding or omitting what intervenes:
He skipped through the book quickly.
3.
to go away hastily and secretly; flee without notice.
4.
Education. to be advanced two or more classes or grades at once.
5.
to ricochet or bounce along a surface:
The stone skipped over the lake.
verb (used with object), skipped, skipping.
6.
to jump lightly over:
The horse skipped the fence.
7.
to pass over without reading, noting, acting, etc.:
He skipped the bad parts.
8.
to miss or omit (one of a repeated series of rhythmic actions):
My heart skipped a beat.
9.
to be absent from; avoid attendance at:
to skip a school class.
10.
to send (a missile) ricocheting along a surface.
11.
Informal. to leave hastily and secretly or to flee from (a place):
They skipped town.
noun
12.
a skipping movement; a light jump or bounce.
13.
a gait marked by such jumps.
14.
a passing from one point or thing to another, with disregard of what intervenes:
a quick skip through Europe.
15.
Music. a melodic interval greater than a second.
16.
a natural depression below the surface of a planed board.
17.
Informal. a person who has absconded in order to avoid paying debts or meeting other financial responsibilities.
Verb phrases
18.
skip out on, Informal. to flee or abandon; desert:
He skipped out on his wife and two children.
Origin
late Middle English
1250-1300
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.
Related forms
skippingly, adverb
Synonyms
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.

skip2

[skip] /skɪp/
noun
1.
the captain of a curling or bowling team.
2.
Informal. skipper1 .
verb (used with object), skipped, skipping.
3.
to serve as skip of (a curling or bowling team).
4.
Informal. skipper1 .
Origin
1820-30; short for skipper1

skip3

[skip] /skɪp/
noun
1.
Mining. a metal box for carrying ore, hauled vertically or on an incline.
2.
Origin
1805-15; alteration of skep
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Examples from the web for skip
  • 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 handkerchiefs.
  • skip the snow cave, and check into a stylish winter perch.
  • Granted, one reason this is quick and easy is that some of the choices are so bewildering you can skip them.
  • Professors openly acknowledge their lack of relevancy, while students routinely skip them.
  • In other words, you shouldn't skip a day on your own commitment to do twice the work tomorrow.
  • Maybe when you go home that night you skip the brownie or cookies you've been using as an emotional crutch.
  • skip the book and offer what was requested being, a testable hypothesis for the origins of species.
  • If you ve never melted a frying pan frying an egg you can probably skip this part.
British Dictionary definitions for skip

skip1

/skɪp/
verb skips, skipping, skipped
1.
when intr, often foll by over, along, into, etc. to spring or move lightly, esp to move by hopping from one foot to the other
2.
(intransitive) 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) (intransitive) foll by through. to read or deal with quickly or superficially: he skipped through the accounts before dinner
6.
(transitive) (informal) to miss deliberately: to skip school
7.
(transitive) (informal, mainly US & Canadian) to leave (a place) in haste or secrecy: to skip town
noun
8.
a skipping movement or gait
9.
the act of passing over or omitting
10.
(music, US & Canadian) another word for leap (sense 10)
11.
(informal) skip it!, it doesn't matter!
See also skip off
Word Origin
C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse skopa to take a run, obsolete Swedish skuppa to skip

skip2

/skɪp/
noun, verb skips, skipping, skipped
1.
(informal) short for skipper1
noun
2.
the captain of a curling or bowls team

skip3

/skɪp/
noun
1.
a large open container for transporting building materials, etc
2.
a cage used as a lift in mines, etc
Word Origin
C19: variant of skep

skip4

/skɪp/
noun
1.
a college servant, esp of Trinity College, Dublin
Word Origin
C17: probably shortened from archaic skip-kennel a footman or lackey (from skip1 + kennel²)
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Word Origin and History for skip
v.

c.1300, "to spring lightly," also "to jump over," probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skopa "to take a run," Middle Swedish skuppa "to skip, leap," from Proto-Germanic *skupan (cf. Middle Swedish skuppa, dialectal Swedish skopa "to skip, leap"). Related: Skipped; skipping.

Meaning "omit intervening parts" first recorded late 14c. Meaning "fail to attend" is from 1905. Meaning "to cause to skip or bound" is from 1680s. The custom of skipping rope has been traced to 17c.; it was commonly done by boys as well as girls until late 19c.

n.

"a spring, a bound," early 15c., from skip (v.). Meaning "a passing over or disregarding" is from 1650s.

short for skipper (n.1), 1830, originally in sports jargon (curling).

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Slang definitions & phrases for skip

skip

noun
  1. A person who absconds, esp to avoid paying a bill: The skip took off with a girl friend (1915+)
  2. skipper (1830+)
verb
  1. To fail to attend; absent oneself; shine: if I let you skip school this afternoon (1905+)
  2. (also skip out) To depart hastily, escape, abscond, esp to avoid paying a bill, being arrested, etc: They skipped out of the motel at 2 AM (1590+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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