Word of the Day: skip

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February 12, 2016
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Two women skipping

To skip is 'to run in a childish way, with your knees high in the air,' or 'to hop from one foot to the other.' Skip also means 'to omit or miss something,' or 'to be absent from somewhere.' As a noun, a skip is the movement of hopping from one foot to the other.

Example sentences

  • Little Timmy was skipping down the road.
  • Mary skipped the first chapters of the book, until she got to the interesting part.
  • skipped the first presentation at the conference so I could sleep a little more.
  • He finished his dance with a graceful skip.
Multi-word forms

skip it (verb): forget about it, stop doing something. Example "You still don't understand? OK, skip it. We'll move on to something else."

skip off/out: to leave quickly and without notice. Example: "We have to find them before they skip off!"

skip town: to leave a city quickly, often because you are in trouble. Example: "The thieves skipped town before dawn and the police never found them."

Additional information
In British English a skip is also a large container used on building sites to throw away waste material. Example: "Laurie took some bricks from the skip around the corner."
Did you know?
In British English skip also means 'to use a skipping rope,' whereas in American English you would jump rope or skip rope. Skipping or jumping rope might seem like a game for children, but actually it is very good exercise and boxers often do this to get fit.
Other forms
skippingly (adverb), skipping (noun)
Skip dates back to the second half of the 13th century and comes from the late Middle English noun skyppe, which came from the Middle English verb skippen. They both stem from the Old Norse word skopa, meaning 'to run.'
Other info
A skip, or skipper, is also the captain of a boat or ship. Check out the full definition for more meanings of skip!
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