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.
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.
Related formsskip·ping·ly, adverb
Can be confusedhop jump skip (see synonym study at jump) (see synonym study at the current entry)

Definition for skip (2 of 3)

skip

2
[ skip ]
/ skɪp /

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

Definition for skip (3 of 3)

skip

3
[ skip ]
/ skɪp /

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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British Dictionary definitions for skip (1 of 4)

skip

1
/ (skɪp) /

verb skips, skipping or skipped

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for skip (2 of 4)

skip

2
/ (skɪp) /

noun, verb skips, skipping or skipped

informal short for skipper 1

noun

the captain of a curling or bowls team

British Dictionary definitions for skip (3 of 4)

skip

3
/ (skɪp) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for skip (4 of 4)

skip

4
/ (skɪp) /

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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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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