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verb (used with object)
  1. to hijack (an airliner), especially in order to hold the passengers and plane for ransom or for political reasons.
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Origin of skyjack

First recorded in 1965–70; sky + (hi)jack
Related formssky·jack·er, noun
Can be confusedhijack kidnap shanghai skyjack
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Related Words for skyjack

capture, hijack, snatch, steal, seize, commandeer, kidnap, carjack, lure, coax, seduce, decoy, shanghai, impress, remove, inveigh, entice, waylay, grab, pirate

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British Dictionary definitions for skyjack


  1. (tr) to commandeer (an aircraft), usually at gunpoint during flight, forcing the pilot to fly somewhere other than to the scheduled destination
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Derived Formsskyjacker, noun

Word Origin for skyjack

C20: from sky + hijack
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Word Origin and History for skyjack


"to hijack an airplane," 1961, apparently coined in New York "Mirror" headlines, from sky (n.) + second element of hijack (q.v.).

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