skate

1
[ skeyt ]
/ skeɪt /

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 for 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

1
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

Definition 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 several rays of the genus Raja, usually having a pointed snout, as R. binoculata(big skate ), inhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of the United States, growing to a length of 8 feet (2.4 meters).

Origin of skate

2
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English scate, from Old Norse skata

Definition 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

3
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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Idioms and Phrases with skate

skate

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