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skit

[skit] /skɪt/
noun
1.
a short literary piece of a humorous or satirical character.
2.
a short theatrical sketch or act, usually comical.
3.
a gibe or taunt.
4.
British Dialect. a joke or prank.
Origin of skit
1565-1575
1565-75; of obscure origin
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skit

/skɪt/
noun
1.
a brief satirical theatrical sketch
2.
a short satirical piece of writing
3.
a trick or hoax
Word Origin
C18: related to earlier verb skit to move rapidly, hence to score a satirical hit, probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse skjóta to shoot
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Word Origin and History for skit
n.

"piece of light satire or caricature," 1820, from earlier sense "a satirical remark or reflection" (1727), originally (1570s) "a vain, frivolous, or wanton girl" (originally Scottish, now archaic), related to verb meaning "to shy or be skittish, caper, frolic" (1610s), perhaps from Old Norse skjuta "to shoot, move quickly" (see skittish).

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