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skate

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[ skeyt ]
/ skeɪt /
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noun
verb (used without object), skat·ed, skat·ing.
verb (used with object), skat·ed, skat·ing.
to slide (a flat) across the floor of a stage.
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Idioms about skate

    get / put one's skates on, British Informal. to make haste.
    skate on thin ice, to be or place oneself in a risky or delicate situation: Taking a public stand on the question would be skating on thin ice.

Origin of skate

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First recorded in 1640–50; originally plural scates, from Dutch schaats (singular) “skate,” Middle Dutch schaetse “stilt” (compare Medieval Latin scatia ), of unknown origin

OTHER WORDS FROM skate

skate·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for skate (2 of 3)

skate2
[ skeyt ]
/ skeɪt /

noun, plural (especially collectively) skate, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) skates.
any of numerous rays of the family Rajidae having paired electric organs within a long, fleshy tail and producing a distinctive egg case (a mermaid's purse): a widespread group of more than 570 species, the largest being Beringraja binoculata(big skate ) of Pacific coastal waters from Alaska to Baja California, known to exceed 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) in length.

Origin of skate

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English scate, from Old Norse skata

Other definitions for skate (3 of 3)

skate3
[ skeyt ]
/ skeɪt /

noun Slang.
a person; fellow: He's a good skate.
a contemptible person.
an inferior, decrepit horse; nag.

Origin of skate

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First recorded in 1890–95; perhaps special use of skate2
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British Dictionary definitions for skate (1 of 3)

skate1
/ (skeɪt) /

noun
verb (intr)

Word Origin for skate

C17: via Dutch from Old French éschasse stilt, probably of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for skate (2 of 3)

skate2
/ (skeɪt) /

noun plural skate or skates
any large ray of the family Rajidae, of temperate and tropical seas, having flat pectoral fins continuous with the head, two dorsal fins, a short spineless tail, and a long snout

Word Origin for skate

C14: from Old Norse skata

British Dictionary definitions for skate (3 of 3)

skate3
/ (skeɪt) /

noun
US slang a person; fellow

Word Origin for skate

from Scottish and northern English dialect skate, a derogatory term of uncertain origin
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