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water ski

noun, plural water skis or, sometimes, water ski.
a ski on which to water-ski, designed to plane over water: it is shorter and broader than the skis used on snow.
Origin of water ski


[waw-ter-skee, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌski, ˈwɒt ər-/
verb (used without object), water-skied, water-skiing.
to plane over water on water skis or a water ski by grasping a towing rope pulled by a speedboat.
Related forms
water-skier, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for water ski
Contemporary Examples
  • The singer has promised that if his Spanish side goes all the way at the World Cup, he would water ski naked in Florida.

Historical Examples
  • By arching his back, he brought his face above water, and in a moment he was planing along like a water ski.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for water ski


a type of ski used for planing or gliding over water
verb -skis, -skiing, -skied, -ski'd
(intransitive) to ride over water on a water-ski or water-skis while holding a rope towed by a speedboat
Derived Forms
water-skier, noun
water-skiing, noun
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Word Origin and History for water ski



1931, from water (n.1) + ski (n.). As a verb from 1953.

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