Origin of skip

1
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English skippen, perhaps < Old Norse skopa to run (compare Icelandic skoppa to skip); (noun) late Middle English skyppe, derivative of the v.
Related formsskip·ping·ly, adverb
Can be confusedhop jump skip (see synonym study at jump) (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for skip

1. caper, hop. Skip, bound refer to an elastic, springing movement. To skip is to give a series of light, quick hops alternating the feet: to skip about. Bound suggests a series of long, rather vigorous leaps; it is also applied to a springing or leaping type of walking or running rapidly and actively: A dog came bounding up to meet him. 2. skim. 12. leap, spring, caper, hop.

skip

2
[skip]

noun

the captain of a curling or bowling team.
Informal. skipper1.

verb (used with object), skipped, skip·ping.

to serve as skip of (a curling or bowling team).
Informal. skipper1.

Origin of skip

2
First recorded in 1820–30; short for skipper1

skip

3
[skip]

noun

Mining. a metal box for carrying ore, hauled vertically or on an incline.

Origin of skip

3
First recorded in 1805–15; alteration of skep
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Examples from the Web for skip

Contemporary Examples of skip

Historical Examples of skip

  • But the minute we started to skip out the professor says, "No, you don't!"

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • I skip it all, the renewed greetings, the hospitality, the noise.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Cal'late Lulie forgot that when she told him to skip out that way.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Sometimes I have half a mind to skip off and do my wooing myself.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • On reaching the top of the brow, she began to skip and run where the road descends by Folieu.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for skip

skip

1

verb skips, skipping or skipped

(when intr, often foll by over, along, into, etc) to spring or move lightly, esp to move by hopping from one foot to the other
(intr) to jump over a skipping-rope
to cause (a stone, etc) to bounce or skim over a surface or (of a stone) to move in this way
to omit (intervening matter), as in passing from one part or subject to anotherhe skipped a chapter of the book
(intr foll by through) informal to read or deal with quickly or superficiallyhe skipped through the accounts before dinner
(tr) informal to miss deliberatelyto skip school
(tr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to leave (a place) in haste or secrecyto skip town

noun

a skipping movement or gait
the act of passing over or omitting
music, US and Canadian another word for leap (def. 10)
skip it! informal it doesn't matter!
See also skip off

Word Origin for skip

C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse skopa to take a run, obsolete Swedish skuppa to skip

skip

2

noun, verb skips, skipping or skipped

informal short for skipper 1

noun

the captain of a curling or bowls team

skip

3

noun

a large open container for transporting building materials, etc
a cage used as a lift in mines, etc

Word Origin for skip

C19: variant of skep

skip

4

noun

a college servant, esp of Trinity College, Dublin

Word Origin for skip

C17: probably shortened from archaic skip-kennel a footman or lackey (from skip 1 + kennel ²)
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Word Origin and History for skip
v.

c.1300, "to spring lightly," also "to jump over," probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skopa "to take a run," Middle Swedish skuppa "to skip, leap," from Proto-Germanic *skupan (cf. Middle Swedish skuppa, dialectal Swedish skopa "to skip, leap"). Related: Skipped; skipping.

Meaning "omit intervening parts" first recorded late 14c. Meaning "fail to attend" is from 1905. Meaning "to cause to skip or bound" is from 1680s. The custom of skipping rope has been traced to 17c.; it was commonly done by boys as well as girls until late 19c.

n.2

short for skipper (n.1), 1830, originally in sports jargon (curling).

n.1

"a spring, a bound," early 15c., from skip (v.). Meaning "a passing over or disregarding" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with skip

skip

In addition to the idioms beginning with skip

  • skip bail
  • skip it
  • skip out

also see:

  • heart misses (skips) a beat
  • hop, skip, and a jump
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