skim

[ skim ]
/ skɪm /

verb (used with object), skimmed, skim·ming.

verb (used without object), skimmed, skim·ming.

noun

Origin of skim

1375–1425; late Middle English skymen, skemen, variant of scumen to skim; see scum

SYNONYMS FOR skim

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Related forms

un·skimmed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for skim off (1 of 2)

skim off


verb

(tr, adverb) to take the best part ofthe teacher skimmed off the able pupils for his class

British Dictionary definitions for skim off (2 of 2)

skim

/ (skɪm) /

verb skims, skimming or skimmed

noun

See also skim off

Word Origin for skim

C15 skimmen, probably from scumen to skim; see scum
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