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.

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

Contemporary Examples of scoot

Historical Examples of scoot

  • "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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for scoot



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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