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.

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
1640–50; orig. plural scates < Dutch schaats (singular) skate, Middle Dutch schaetse stilt (compare Medieval Latin scatia) < ?

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 U.S., growing to a length of 8 feet (2.4 meters).

Origin of skate

2
1300–50; Middle English scate < Old Norse skati

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
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

In addition to the idiom beginning with skate

  • skate over

also see:

  • cheap skate
  • on thin ice, skate
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