[ skahy-jak-ing ]
/ ˈskaɪˌdʒæk ɪŋ /


an act or instance of hijacking an aircraft.

Origin of skyjacking

First recorded in 1965–70; skyjack + -ing1

Related forms

an·ti·sky·jack·ing, adjective

Definition for skyjacking (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

sky·jack·er, noun

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for skyjacking


/ (ˈskaɪˌdʒæk) /


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

Derived Forms

skyjacker, noun

Word Origin for skyjack

C20: from sky + hijack
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