[ skoot ]
/ skut /

verb (used without object)

to go swiftly or hastily; dart.

verb (used with object)

to send or impel at high speed.


a swift, darting movement or course.

Nearby words

  1. scoop,
  2. scoop neck,
  3. scooper,
  4. scoopful,
  5. scoosh,
  6. scoot over,
  7. scooter,
  8. scop,
  9. scopa,
  10. scopas

Origin of scoot

1750–60; probably < Old Norse skota to push or skjōta to shoot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scoot

British Dictionary definitions for scoot


/ (skuːt) /


to go or cause to go quickly or hastily; dart or cause to dart off or away
Scot to squirt


the act of scooting
Scot a squirt

Word Origin for scoot

C19 probably of Scandinavian origin; compare shoot

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Word Origin and History for scoot



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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