Origin of skimming
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 skimmingshave, glance, graze, skip, skitter, ricochet, dart, carom, scan, browse, ream, ladle, top, separate, scoop, brush, dip, cream, shoot, fly
Examples from the Web for skimming
Contemporary Examples of skimming
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October 15, 2013
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December 8, 2012
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January 13, 2011
Historical Examples of skimming
Cover them with water, and stew it slowly for an hour, skimming it well.
Keep the lid close, except when you are skimming off the fat.
Keep the pan closely covered, except when you are skimming it.
Skim them well, and keep the kettle covered when you are not skimming.
Boil it slowly for two or three hours, skimming it carefully.
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.