[ 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.

Origin of skyjack

First recorded in 1965–70; sky + (hi)jack
Related formssky·jack·er, noun
Can be confusedhijack kidnap shanghai skyjack Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skyjack


/ (ˈskaɪˌdʒæk) /


(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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