[ skoot ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to go swiftly or hastily; dart.

verb (used with object)
  1. to send or impel at high speed.

  1. 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. 2024

How to use scoot in a sentence

  • I fetched the shore a half a mile above the village, and then went scooting along the bluff bank in the easy water.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Almost every day after Thanksgiving there were crowds of boys and girls from the schools scooting about like water skippers.

    The "Genius" | Theodore Dreiser
  • Here we are scooting along across the same old Atlantic we've crossed so many times on journeys of pleasure.

    Carry On | Coningsby Dawson
  • Then, from the far shoulder of the island, they saw a flat gasoline-propelled raft scooting across the river.

  • The snow will go scooting and whirling away and away just as it does among the crags of the Rockies.

    Whispers at Dawn | Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for scoot


/ (skuːt) /

  1. to go or cause to go quickly or hastily; dart or cause to dart off or away

  2. Scot to squirt

  1. the act of scooting

  2. Scot a squirt

Origin of scoot

C19 probably of Scandinavian origin; compare shoot

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