- to move in a light, springy manner by bounding forward with alternate hops on each foot.
- to pass from one point, thing, subject, etc., to another, disregarding or omitting what intervenes: He skipped through the book quickly.
- to go away hastily and secretly; flee without notice.
- Education. to be advanced two or more classes or grades at once.
- to ricochet or bounce along a surface: The stone skipped over the lake.
- to jump lightly over: The horse skipped the fence.
- to pass over without reading, noting, acting, etc.: He skipped the bad parts.
- to miss or omit (one of a repeated series of rhythmic actions): My heart skipped a beat.
- to be absent from; avoid attendance at: to skip a school class.
- to send (a missile) ricocheting along a surface.
- Informal. to leave hastily and secretly or to flee from (a place): They skipped town.
- a skipping movement; a light jump or bounce.
- a gait marked by such jumps.
- a passing from one point or thing to another, with disregard of what intervenes: a quick skip through Europe.
- Music. a melodic interval greater than a second.
- a natural depression below the surface of a planed board.
- Informal. a person who has absconded in order to avoid paying debts or meeting other financial responsibilities.
- skip out on, Informal. to flee or abandon; desert: He skipped out on his wife and two children.
Origin of skip1
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- the captain of a curling or bowling team.
- Informal. skipper1.
- to serve as skip of (a curling or bowling team).
- Informal. skipper1.
Origin of skip2
Examples from the Web for skipping
Skipping work, pulling the kids out of school—all of these decisions have lasting consequences.Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola
October 17, 2014
And an increasing number of women are skipping the hospital altogether.Natural Childbirth Is Not a Cult
June 27, 2014
Ignore the talk about purity tests, progressive cred, and skipping to a post-presidency status.No One’s Going to Challenge Hillary Clinton
May 10, 2014
At 13, he was already headed for trouble, skipping school and getting into drugs.From G.I. to Eye Candy: War Vet Alex Minsky’s Model Turn
March 15, 2014
If you muttered, “blasphemy” after reading the first tip about skipping a snack, then snack smart.6 Ways to Avoid ‘Sochi Gut’ While Watching the Olympics
Jenna A. Bell
February 12, 2014
Look again, fellows, and see if they show any signs of skipping.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
I was always laughing and skipping about like a featherbrain.His Masterpiece
Her heels in the air like little girls playing at skipping, and crying "Father!"L'Assommoir
Here is where the art of skipping is to be rigorously applied.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
She hurried away, skipping toward the dressing room building.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
- the act of jumping over a rope that is held and swung either by the person jumping or by two other people, as a game or for exercise
- (when intr, often foll by over, along, into, etc) to spring or move lightly, esp to move by hopping from one foot to the other
- (intr) to jump over a skipping-rope
- to cause (a stone, etc) to bounce or skim over a surface or (of a stone) to move in this way
- to omit (intervening matter), as in passing from one part or subject to anotherhe skipped a chapter of the book
- (intr foll by through) informal to read or deal with quickly or superficiallyhe skipped through the accounts before dinner
- (tr) informal to miss deliberatelyto skip school
- (tr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to leave (a place) in haste or secrecyto skip town
- a skipping movement or gait
- the act of passing over or omitting
- music, US and Canadian another word for leap (def. 10)
- skip it! informal it doesn't matter!
- informal short for skipper 1
- the captain of a curling or bowls team
- a large open container for transporting building materials, etc
- a cage used as a lift in mines, etc
- a college servant, esp of Trinity College, Dublin
Word Origin and History for skipping
c.1300, "to spring lightly," also "to jump over," probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skopa "to take a run," Middle Swedish skuppa "to skip, leap," from Proto-Germanic *skupan (cf. Middle Swedish skuppa, dialectal Swedish skopa "to skip, leap"). Related: Skipped; skipping.
Meaning "omit intervening parts" first recorded late 14c. Meaning "fail to attend" is from 1905. Meaning "to cause to skip or bound" is from 1680s. The custom of skipping rope has been traced to 17c.; it was commonly done by boys as well as girls until late 19c.
short for skipper (n.1), 1830, originally in sports jargon (curling).
"a spring, a bound," early 15c., from skip (v.). Meaning "a passing over or disregarding" is from 1650s.