big skate


noun

See under skate2.

Definition for big skate (2 of 2)

skate2
[ skeyt ]
/ skeɪt /

noun, plural (especially collectively) skate, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) skates.

any of several rays of the genus Raja, usually having a pointed snout, as R. binoculata (big skate), inhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of the U.S., growing to a length of 8 feet (2.4 meters).

Origin of skate

2
1300–50; Middle English scate < Old Norse skati
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British Dictionary definitions for big skate (1 of 3)

skate1
/ (skeɪt) /

noun

verb (intr)

Word Origin for skate

C17: via Dutch from Old French éschasse stilt, probably of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for big skate (2 of 3)

skate2
/ (skeɪt) /

noun plural skate or skates

any large ray of the family Rajidae, of temperate and tropical seas, having flat pectoral fins continuous with the head, two dorsal fins, a short spineless tail, and a long snout

Word Origin for skate

C14: from Old Norse skata

British Dictionary definitions for big skate (3 of 3)

skate3
/ (skeɪt) /

noun

US slang a person; fellow

Word Origin for skate

from Scottish and northern English dialect skate, a derogatory term of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with big skate

skate

In addition to the idiom beginning with skate

  • skate over

also see:

  • cheap skate
  • on thin ice, skate
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