- to move in a light, springy manner by bounding forward with alternate hops on each foot.
- to pass from one point, thing, subject, etc., to another, disregarding or omitting what intervenes: He skipped through the book quickly.
- to go away hastily and secretly; flee without notice.
- Education. to be advanced two or more classes or grades at once.
- to ricochet or bounce along a surface: The stone skipped over the lake.
- to jump lightly over: The horse skipped the fence.
- to pass over without reading, noting, acting, etc.: He skipped the bad parts.
- to miss or omit (one of a repeated series of rhythmic actions): My heart skipped a beat.
- to be absent from; avoid attendance at: to skip a school class.
- to send (a missile) ricocheting along a surface.
- Informal. to leave hastily and secretly or to flee from (a place): They skipped town.
- a skipping movement; a light jump or bounce.
- a gait marked by such jumps.
- a passing from one point or thing to another, with disregard of what intervenes: a quick skip through Europe.
- Music. a melodic interval greater than a second.
- a natural depression below the surface of a planed board.
- Informal. a person who has absconded in order to avoid paying debts or meeting other financial responsibilities.
- skip out on, Informal. to flee or abandon; desert: He skipped out on his wife and two children.
Origin of skip1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for skip on Thesaurus.com
- the captain of a curling or bowling team.
- Informal. skipper1.
- to serve as skip of (a curling or bowling team).
- Informal. skipper1.
Origin of skip2
- Mining. a metal box for carrying ore, hauled vertically or on an incline.
- skip car.
Origin of skip3
Examples from the Web for skip
Ultimately, 2015 might be the year American anti-LGBT advocates wish they could skip.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
But failing that, he advised pro-immigration reform Republican candidates such as former Gov. Jeb Bush to just skip the state.Can This Republican Bring the GOP Back to Its Senses on Immigration?
December 29, 2014
But the man appears so weary that I decide to skip the dull stuff and get to the heat.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The human attention span is evolving in such a way that they can skip around.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
She jumped at the chance to watch RT, or jumped at the chance to skip calculus homework.Up To a Point: Binge Watching Putin's Propaganda Network
P. J. O’Rourke
September 20, 2014
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
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
On reaching the top of the brow, she began to skip and run where the road descends by Folieu.The Manxman
- (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
- 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!
- informal short for skipper 1
- the captain of a curling or bowls team
- a large open container for transporting building materials, etc
- a cage used as a lift in mines, etc
- a college servant, esp of Trinity College, Dublin
Word Origin and History for skip
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.
short for skipper (n.1), 1830, originally in sports jargon (curling).
"a spring, a bound," early 15c., from skip (v.). Meaning "a passing over or disregarding" is from 1650s.