verb (used with object), shot, shoot·ing.
- to throw, kick, or otherwise propel (a ball, puck, etc.), as at a goal or teammate.
- to score (a goal, points, etc.) by propelling the ball, puck, etc.
- to throw (the dice or a specific number).
- to wager or offer to bet (a sum of money): I'll shoot ten bucks.
verb (used without object), shot, shoot·ing.
- to propel a ball, puck, etc., at a goal, basket, pocket, etc., or in a specific direction: He shot for the green with a five iron.
- to propel a ball in a specific way: The center shoots left-handed.
- a small tunnel branching off from a larger tunnel.
- a narrow vein of ore.
- to cause to fall by hitting with a shot: They shot down several ducks.
- Informal.to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate; debunk: to shoot down a popular theory.
- to grow rapidly or suddenly.
- Informal.to damage or harass by reckless shooting: cowboys shooting up the town.
- to wound by shooting: He shot up the lion, but his guide killed it.
- Slang.to inject an addictive drug intravenously.
- to talk indiscreetly, especially to reveal confidences, make thoughtless remarks, etc.
- to exaggerate: He likes to shoot off his mouth about what a great guy he is.
Origin of shoot1
Synonyms for shoot
Origin of shoot2
Related Words for shootexecute, murder, hit, launch, fire, explode, kill, hurl, blast, rush, run, reach, charge, pass, chase, plug, bombard, propel, fling, barrage
Examples from the Web for shoot
Contemporary Examples of shoot
Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops
January 9, 2015
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
The brand logo turned out to feature a graceful archer on horseback, in a Tatar national costume, poised to shoot his arrow.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible
December 25, 2014
At the beginning of the video and before the call to kill police, you can hear what sounds like, “arms up, shoot back!”The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of shoot
Then it's better to take him out back of the barn and shoot him, by Gad!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And, if this thing keeps on, I'm going to shoot again—and again.
Perhaps, after all, I might have the brains to jest and toss about words and shoot off epigrams.Viviette
William J. Locke
Because he killed a horse trying to get you, you're going to give him a chance to shoot you?
Shoot while you may, and then out sword, and let us live or die together!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
verb shoots, shooting or shot
- to talk indiscreetly
- to boast or exaggerate
Word Origin for shoot
Old English sceotan "to hurl missiles, cast; strike, hit, push; run, rush; send forth swiftly; wound with missiles" (class II strong verb; past tense sceat, past participle scoten), from Proto-Germanic *skeutanan (cf. Old Saxon skiotan, Old Norse skjota "to shoot with (a weapon); shoot, launch, push, shove quickly," Old Frisian skiata, Middle Dutch skieten, Dutch schieten, Old High German skiozan, German schießen), from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project" (cf. Sanskrit skundate "hastens, makes haste," Old Church Slavonic iskydati "to throw out," Lithuanian skudrus "quick, nimble").
In reference to pool playing, from 1926. Meaning "to strive (for)" is from 1967, American English. Sense of "descend (a river) quickly" is from 1610s. Meaning "to inject by means of a hypodermic needle" is attested from 1914. Meaning "photograph" (especially a movie) is from 1890. As an interjection, an arbitrary euphemistic alteration of shit, it is recorded from 1934. Shoot the breeze "chat" first recorded 1941. Shoot-'em-up (adj.) in reference to violent entertainment (Western movies, etc.) is from 1942. Shoot to kill first attested 1867. Shoot the cat "to vomit" is from 1785. To shoot the moon originally meant "depart by night with ones goods to escape back rent" (1829).
O, 'tis cash makes such crowds to the gin shops roam,
And 'tis cash often causes a rumpus at home ;
'Tis when short of cash people oft shoot the moon ;
And 'tis cash always keeps our pipes in tune.
Cash! cash! &c.
["The Melodist and Mirthful Olio, An Elegant Collection of the Most Popular Songs," vol. IV, London, 1829]
"young branch of a tree or plant," mid-15c., from shoot (v.). Also "heavy, sudden rush of water" (1610s); "artificial channel for water running down" (1707); "conduit for coal, etc." (1844).
1530s, "an act of shooting;" 1852 as "a shooting match or party," from shoot (v.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with shoot
- shoot down
- shoot for
- shoot from the hip
- shoot off one's mouth
- shoot one's bolt
- shoot oneself in the foot
- shoot straight
- shoot the breeze
- shoot the works
- shoot up
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- sure as shooting
- whole ball of wax (shooting match)
Also see undershot.