Origin of skip

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.




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

First recorded in 1820–30; short for skipper1
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Examples from the Web for skipping

Contemporary Examples of skipping

Historical Examples of skipping

  • Look again, fellows, and see if they show any signs of skipping.

  • I was always laughing and skipping about like a featherbrain.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Her heels in the air like little girls playing at skipping, and crying "Father!"


    Emile Zola

  • Here is where the art of skipping is to be rigorously applied.

    A Book for All Readers

    Ainsworth Rand Spofford

  • She hurried away, skipping toward the dressing room building.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for skipping



the act of jumping over a rope that is held and swung either by the person jumping or by two other people, as a game or for exercise



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


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



noun, verb skips, skipping or skipped

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

Word Origin for skip

C19: variant of skep




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 skipping



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with skipping


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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