- 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
Examples from the Web for skipped
But asked to recall specific ads, the one that sticks with them says Hagan “skipped votes to go to a fundraiser.”Why Voters Are So Totally Checked Out
October 22, 2014
He was out on bail awaiting a sentencing hearing when he skipped town last.Does a Perv Know Maddie McCann’s Fate?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 16, 2014
The story gets out that Obama skipped his usual afternoon dose of caffeine heading toward the U.N. meeting.Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right
September 25, 2014
The Moravians skipped Fourth of July celebrations for a few years after that, but they soon revived them.The First Americans to Observe the 4th Were Moravian Pacifists
Linda C. Brinson
July 4, 2014
Reduce the chance of gorging on high-calorie snacks because you skipped a meal.6 Ways to Avoid ‘Sochi Gut’ While Watching the Olympics
Jenna A. Bell
February 12, 2014
I skipped about among the floral tributes while he was talking.American Notes
She skipped to the tiny turret which rose above our heads, and lifted the door-latch.Wilfrid Cumbermede
She skipped away, waving him a farewell with the tail of the silver fox.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Often," said Aggie, and she hummed a music-hall tune as she skipped and tripped along.The Christian
But he skipped into the coffin, with the image of St Michael by his side.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
- (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 skipped
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.