an act or instance of hijacking an aircraft.

Origin of skyjacking

First recorded in 1965–70; skyjack + -ing1
Related formsan·ti·sky·jack·ing, adjective



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

Examples from the Web for skyjacking

Contemporary Examples of skyjacking

  • The interrogation of the skyjacking theory would start with the choice of airport, and the choice of the flight.

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    The Tripwire on Flight 370

    Clive Irving

    March 17, 2014

British Dictionary definitions for skyjacking



(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for skyjacking



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper