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[skoot] /skut/ Informal.
verb (used without object)
to go swiftly or hastily; dart.
verb (used with object)
to send or impel at high speed.
a swift, darting movement or course.
Origin of scoot
1750-60; probably < Old Norse skota to push or skjōta to shoot1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scooting
Historical Examples
  • Tell the professor to lay off, before he sends us scooting too.

    Spawn of the Comet Harold Thompson Rich
  • While scooting up the ladder we heard a gun; and another gun.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • Other B-class guards were coming, scooting across the floor, alert and alarmed.

    The Defenders Philip K. Dick
  • Then something tripped me as I was scooting, and they had me before I could recover.

    Dick Merriwell Abroad

    Burt L. Standish
  • By 'scooting' do you mean that you are going to walk across that moor again?

  • Far in the distance they beheld Caven and Malone scooting for the train with all speed.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • After tea we set off for home, scooting down towards Wavre and Perwez, through the land of Brabant.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
  • And all this explanation as our two youngsters are scooting through the dripping rain for Union Square.

  • Ahead a torpedo boat destroyer of the United States Navy scurried briskly, often scooting off to one side of the course.

  • Dave promptly gave orders that sent the Logan scooting further away from the transport fleet, out on its port flank.

British Dictionary definitions for scooting


to go or cause to go quickly or hastily; dart or cause to dart off or away
(Scot) to squirt
the act of scooting
(Scot) a squirt
Word Origin
C19 probably of Scandinavian origin; compare shoot
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Word Origin and History for scooting



1758, "run, fly, make off," perhaps originally nautical slang; 1805, "flow or gush out with force" (Scottish), of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skjota "to shoot") related to shoot (v.). Related: Scooted; scooting. As a noun from 1864.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scooting



  1. A dollar: Greg could have the sixty scoots, the guns, everything (1970s+)
  2. A motorcycle; Bike, iron (1960s+ Students)


  1. To move rapidly, esp in fleeing or escaping: When they saw the cops they scooted right out of there (1841+)
  2. To slide, esp suddenly as on a slippery surface: Let's scoot this thing into the corner (1838+)

[origin unknown; perhaps ultimately fr a Scandinavian cognate of shoot, by way of Scottish dialect; British naval scout, in the first verb sense, is found by 1758; the first noun sense may have an entirely different derivation than the two verb senses]

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