- any of various fishes that leap above the surface of the water, as a tuna, Euthynnus pelamis, or the bonito.
- Entomology. click beetle.
- Nautical. an American one-masted sailing vessel.
Origin of skipjack
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Examples from the Web for skipjack
In the big barn doorway the Skipjack and Willie Ramsey appeared.Back o' the Moon
Congratulate the Skipjack, with just a hint that he might have looked higher.Puppets at Large
"And comes for it like the cattle to the scrubbing-stones," said the Skipjack.
"Yet the Skipjack seemed the most improbable one of all," said his mother.
"If I thought it was the Skipjack element," she said, smiling.
- Also called: skipjack tuna an important food fish, Katsuwonus pelamis, that has a striped abdomen and occurs in all tropical seas: family Scombridae (mackerels and tunas)
- black skipjack a small spotted tuna, Euthynnus yaito, of Indo-Pacific seas
- any of several other unrelated fishes, such as the alewife and bonito
- nautical an American sloop used for oystering and as a yacht
- another name for a click beetle
C18: from skip 1 + jack 1
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Word Origin and History for skipjack
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