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 scooting

Historical Examples of scooting

  • Tell the professor to lay off, before he sends us scooting too.

    Spawn of the Comet

    Harold Thompson Rich

  • While scooting up the ladder we heard a gun; and another gun.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

  • Other B-class guards were coming, scooting across the floor, alert and alarmed.

    The Defenders

    Philip K. Dick

  • Then something tripped me as I was scooting, and they had me before I could recover.

    Dick Merriwell Abroad

    Burt L. Standish

  • By 'scooting' do you mean that you are going to walk across that moor again?

British Dictionary definitions for scooting



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 scooting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper