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[skee] /ski/
noun, plural skees, skee, verb (used with or without object), skeed, skeeing.


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[skee] /ski/
noun, plural skis or, sometimes, ski.
one of a pair of long, slender runners made of wood, plastic, or metal used in gliding over snow.
verb (used without object), skied, skiing.
to travel on skis, as for sport.
verb (used with object), skied, skiing.
to use skis on; travel on skis over:
to ski the slopes of Switzerland.
Origin of ski
1745-55; < Norwegian; Old Norse skīth; cognate with Old English scīd strip of wood, German Scheit thin board
Related forms
skiable, adjective Unabridged
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  • She, too, had sympathized with Mr. Dykeman, and now sympathized somewhat with Mr. skee.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Mr. skee waved his hand toward her with a large and graceful gesture.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • To this she responded sweetly: "Why no, Mr. skee, of course, I believed what you said."

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • "I'll go back," and went back forthwith, attended by Mr. skee.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Call it what you like, Mr. skee; it's been my home for a good many years now.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • As suddenly as the plan of making the skee sled had flashed upon me came another plan for driving every Indian out of town.

    Track's End

    Hayden Carruth
  • Mr. skee was an interesting relic of that stormy past of the once Wild West which has left so few surviving.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • There were men in plenty, from twenty year old Archie to the uncertain decades of Mr. skee.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • She seemed busy and constrained, and Mr. skee drifted off and paid court as best he might to Dr. Bellair.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Dr. Bellair used her telephone freely after Mr. skee's departure, making notes and lists of names.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
British Dictionary definitions for skee


noun (pl) skis, ski
  1. one of a pair of wood, metal, or plastic runners that are used for gliding over snow. Skis are commonly attached to shoes for sport, but may also be used as landing gear for aircraft, etc
  2. (as modifier): a ski boot
a water-ski
verb skis, skiing, skied, ski'd
(intransitive) to travel on skis
Derived Forms
skiable, adjective
skier, noun
skiing, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Norwegian, from Old Norse skith snowshoes; related to Old English scīd piece of split wood
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Word Origin and History for skee



1883 (there is an isolated instance from 1755; in early use often spelled skee), from Norwegian ski, related to Old Norse skið "long snowshoe," literally "stick of wood, firewood," cognate with Old English scid "stick of wood," obsolete English shide "piece of wood split off from timber;" Old High German skit, German Scheit "log," from Proto-Germanic *skid- "to divide, split," from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Ski-jumper is from 1894; ski bum first attested 1960; ski-mask is from 1963; noted as part of criminal disguises from 1968.



1885, from ski (n.). Related: Skied; skiing.

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