scoot

[skoot]Informal.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to send or impel at high speed.
noun
  1. a swift, darting movement or course.

Origin of scoot

1750–60; probably < Old Norse skota to push or skjōta to shoot1
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  • "Scoot down there and climb into that boat," he said proudly to Eileen.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Their nickname was "Scooters," and they certainly did "scoot" over the sea.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • Well, if you had seen me scoot down that hall and out of the door!

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus

  • Yes, I expect they keep watch, and scoot whenever they see one of us.

  • Now scoot, quick, for it won't do for them to see you haunting round.


British Dictionary definitions for scoot

scoot

verb
  1. to go or cause to go quickly or hastily; dart or cause to dart off or away
  2. Scot to squirt
noun
  1. the act of scooting
  2. Scot a squirt

Word Origin for scoot

C19 probably of Scandinavian origin; compare shoot
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Word Origin and History for scoot
v.

1758, "run, fly, make off," perhaps originally nautical slang; 1805, "flow or gush out with force" (Scottish), of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skjota "to shoot") related to shoot (v.). Related: Scooted; scooting. As a noun from 1864.

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