[ ahys-skeyt ]
/ ˈaɪsˌskeɪt /

verb (used without object), ice-skat·ed, ice-skat·ing.

to skate on ice.

Nearby words

  1. ice-cream supper,
  2. ice-free,
  3. ice-minus,
  4. ice-out,
  5. ice-scoured,
  6. ice-up,
  7. ice-water,
  8. ice.,
  9. iceberg,
  10. iceberg lettuce

Origin of ice-skate

First recorded in 1945–50; v. use of ice skate

Related formsice skater, noun

ice skate


a shoe fitted with a metal blade for skating on ice.

Origin of ice skate

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ice-skate

ice skate


a boot having a steel blade fitted to the sole to enable the wearer to glide swiftly over ice
the steel blade on such a boot or shoe

verb ice-skate

(intr) to glide swiftly over ice on ice skates
Derived Formsice-skater, noun

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Word Origin and History for ice-skate



1690s, from ice (n.) + skate (n.2). The verb usually was simply skate until the advent of roller-skating mid-18c. made distinction necessary.

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