skimming

[ skim-ing ]
/ ˈskɪm ɪŋ /

noun

Usually skimmings. something that is removed by skimming.
skimmings, Metallurgy. dross.
Slang. the practice of concealing gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, commissions, etc.

Origin of skimming

First recorded in 1400–50, skimming is from the late Middle English word skemmyng. See skim, -ing1

Definition for skimming (2 of 2)

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
Related formsun·skimmed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for skimming

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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Word Origin and History for skimming

skim


v.

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.

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