[ skit ]
/ skɪt /


a short literary piece of a humorous or satirical character.
a short theatrical sketch or act, usually comical.
a gibe or taunt.
British Dialect. a joke or prank.

Nearby words

  1. skirt steak,
  2. skirter,
  3. skirting,
  4. skirting board,
  5. skirtings,
  6. skitch,
  7. skite,
  8. skitter,
  9. skittery,
  10. skittish

Origin of skit

First recorded in 1565–75; of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skit


/ (skɪt) /


a brief satirical theatrical sketch
a short satirical piece of writing
a trick or hoax

Word Origin for skit

C18: related to earlier verb skit to move rapidly, hence to score a satirical hit, probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse skjóta to shoot

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Word Origin and History for skit



"piece of light satire or caricature," 1820, from earlier sense "a satirical remark or reflection" (1727), originally (1570s) "a vain, frivolous, or wanton girl" (originally Scottish, now archaic), related to verb meaning "to shy or be skittish, caper, frolic" (1610s), perhaps from Old Norse skjuta "to shoot, move quickly" (see skittish).

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