skyjack

[ skahy-jak ]
/ ˈskaɪˌdʒæk /

verb (used with object)

to hijack (an airliner), especially in order to hold the passengers and plane for ransom or for political reasons.

Nearby words

  1. skye terrier,
  2. skyey,
  3. skyf,
  4. skyhome,
  5. skyhook,
  6. skyjacking,
  7. skylab,
  8. skylark,
  9. skylight,
  10. skylight filter

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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British Dictionary definitions for skyjack

skyjack

/ (ˈskaɪˌdʒæk) /

verb

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

Word Origin for skyjack

C20: from sky + hijack

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Word Origin and History for skyjack

skyjack

v.

"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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