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noun
  1. a form of trapshooting in which two traps are used and targets are hurled singly or in pairs at varying elevations and speeds so as to simulate the angles of flight taken by game birds.
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Origin of skeet1

adopted in 1926 as the result of a contest to choose a name for the sport (the winner claimed that the word was “a very old form” of shoot1)
Also called skeet shooting.

skeet2

[skeet]
noun Poker.
  1. a hand consisting of a nine, five, two, and two other cards of denominations below nine but not of the same denomination, being of special value in certain games.
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Origin of skeet2

origin uncertain
Also called kilter, pelter.

skeet3

[skeet]
verb (used with object) Southern U.S. and British Dialect.
  1. to spit (saliva or a mouthful of other liquid) from the mouth, especially between the teeth.
  2. to splash; spray: Skeet some cold water on your face to cool off.
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Origin of skeet3

1875–80; compare Scots skite, scoot in same sense, probably ultimately < Old Norse skýt-, stem of skjóta to shoot, propel dart (see shoot1)
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skeet

noun
  1. a form of clay-pigeon shooting in which targets are hurled from two traps at varying speeds and anglesAlso called: skeet shooting
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Word Origin

C20: changed from Old Norse skeyti a thrown object, from skjōta to shoot
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Word Origin and History for skeet

n.

form of trapshooting, 1926, a name chosen as "a very old form of our present word 'shoot.' " Perhaps Old Norse skotja "to shoot" (see shoot (v.)) was intended.

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