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
Examples from the Web for shooting
Policemen on the show joke about prison riots, bomb threats, and the shooting of unarmed civilians.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He appears only normal, even in video footage from just two minutes before the shooting.
The phone is apparently the one he took from his girlfriend after shooting her outside Baltimore and heading for New York.
And yet—as any private who went through basic can tell you—good weapons training means not shooting wildly 14 times.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But his motives for shooting John Paul II have remained a mystery shrouded in multiple conspiracy theories.
They were returning from shooting, and had their guns in their hands.Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
The primroses were nearly over, but hyacinths were opening like a blue cloud, and great purple orchises were shooting up.A Fortunate Term|Angela Brazil
Liberty, ground let in parts of Yorkshire for shooting purposes.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
I remonstrated with him for shooting the bird, for it was not close enough to do any harm.Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland|William S. Thomas
In shooting on the wing he thought that his young friend was superior to any one on the grounds.The Cave by the Beech Fork|Henry S. Spalding
British Dictionary definitions for shooting
verb shoots, shooting or shot
- to talk indiscreetly
- to boast or exaggerate
Word Origin for shoot
Word Origin and History for shooting (1 of 4)
Old English scotung, verbal noun from shoot (v.). Sports sense from 1885; film camera sense by 1920. Shooting gallery is from 1836; shooting match is from 1750. Shooting star first recorded 1590s (shoot (v.) with reference to meteors is from late 13c.).
Word Origin and History for shooting (1 of 4)
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]
Word Origin and History for shooting (2 of 4)
"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).
Word Origin and History for shooting (3 of 4)
1530s, "an act of shooting;" 1852 as "a shooting match or party," from shoot (v.).
Science definitions for shooting
Idioms and Phrases with shooting
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.