verb (used with object), skimmed, skim·ming.
- to conceal a portion of (winnings, earnings, etc.) in order to avoid paying income taxes, commissions, or the like on the actual total revenue (sometimes followed by off): The casino skimmed two million a year.
- to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use: to skim information from another's credit card.
verb (used without object), skimmed, skim·ming.
Origin of skim
Synonyms for skim
Related Words for skimshave, glance, graze, skip, skitter, ricochet, dart, carom, scan, browse, ream, ladle, top, separate, scoop, brush, dip, cream, shoot, fly
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Contemporary Examples of skim
Fat-free or skim milkEveryone knows milk is an excellent source of calcium that will keep your bones in tip-top shape.10 Ways to Stay Hydrated (That Aren’t Water)
July 25, 2014
And good for Bruno, bless his heart, who is truly the skim milk of pop music.Your Super Bowl Etiquette Guide From Food to Clothes to What Not to Say
Kelly Williams Brown
February 1, 2014
And the iTunes story makes music—arguably the most mysterious, magical art form—as accessible and ubiquitous as skim milk.From Bieber to the Beatles, How the iTunes Store Brooklynized Music
May 5, 2013
Skim off most of the fat with a spoon: just dip in, get a spoonful of fat, and remove.Your Friday Gadget Chef Recipe: Two Day Soup
November 9, 2012
Drinks at the dinner table are restricted to “water and skim milk.”12 Juicy Bits From Michelle Obama’s Garden Book
May 31, 2012
Historical Examples of skim
Skim the lard or dripping always before you put in the fish.
Skim it well, and stir it frequently with a wooden or silver spoon.
Take the gravy that you poured from the meat, and skim off all the fat.
Then skim and strain it, carefully removing every particle of fat.
Then skim off the fat, and strain the gravy into a clean sauce-pan.
verb skims, skimming or skimmed
Word Origin for skim
early 15c. (skimmer, the utensil, is attested from late 14c.), "to clear (a liquid) from matter floating on the surface, lift the scum from," from Old French escumer "remove scum," from escume (Modern French écume) "scum," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German scum "scum," German Schaum; see scum). Meaning "to throw (a stone) so as to skip across the surface of (water) is from 1610s. Meaning "to move lightly and rapidly over the surface of" is from 1650s, from the motion involved in skimming liquid; that of "to glance over carelessly" (in reference to printed matter) recorded by 1799. Related: Skimmed; skimming.