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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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Historical Examples

  • I skeeted down them steps into the Common to let off my corked up risibilities.

    The Humors of Falconbridge

    Jonathan F. Kelley

British Dictionary definitions for skeeted


  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 skeeted



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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