- to spit (saliva or a mouthful of other liquid) from the mouth, especially between the teeth.
- to splash; spray: Skeet some cold water on your face to cool off.
Origin of skeet3
1875–80; compare Scots skite, scoot in same sense, probably ultimately < Old Norse skýt-, stem of skjóta to shoot, propel dart (see shoot1)
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- a form of clay-pigeon shooting in which targets are hurled from two traps at varying speeds and anglesAlso called: skeet shooting
C20: changed from Old Norse skeyti a thrown object, from skjōta to shoot
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Word Origin and History for skeeting
form of trapshooting, 1926, a name chosen as "a very old form of our present word 'shoot.' " Perhaps Old Norse skotja "to shoot" (see shoot (v.)) was intended.
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