big skate


See under skate2.

Nearby words

  1. big sandy creek,
  2. big science,
  3. big screen,
  4. big shot,
  5. big sister,
  6. big smoke,
  7. big spring,
  8. big stick,
  9. big stick diplomacy,
  10. big stink



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

1300–50; Middle English scate < Old Norse skati Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for big skate




the steel blade or runner of an ice skate
such a blade fitted with straps for fastening to a shoe
a current collector on an electric railway train that collects its current from a third railCompare bow collector
get one's skates on to hurry

verb (intr)

to glide swiftly on skates
to slide smoothly over a surface
skate on thin ice to place oneself in a dangerous or delicate situation

Word Origin for skate

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



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




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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Word Origin and History for big skate
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Idioms and Phrases with big skate


In addition to the idiom beginning with skate

  • skate over

also see:

  • cheap skate
  • on thin ice, skate
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