[ waw-ter-skee, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌski, ˈwɒt ər- /

verb (used without object), wa·ter-skied, wa·ter-ski·ing.

to plane over water on water skis or a water ski by grasping a towing rope pulled by a speedboat.

Nearby words

  1. water-laid,
  2. water-pipe,
  3. water-repellent,
  4. water-resistant,
  5. water-sick,
  6. water-soak,
  7. water-soluble,
  8. water-trap stomach,
  9. water-tube boiler,
  10. water-vascular system

Related formswa·ter-ski·er, noun

water ski

noun, plural wa·ter skis or, sometimes, wa·ter ski.

a ski on which to water-ski, designed to plane over water: it is shorter and broader than the skis used on snow.

Origin of water ski

First recorded in 1930–35

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Examples from the Web for water-ski

  • But the whirligigs have seen the shipwreck, and dart out on their water-ski to tear the thing to pieces.

British Dictionary definitions for water-ski


noun Also: water ski

a type of ski used for planing or gliding over water

verb -skis, -skiing, -skied or -ski'd

(intr) to ride over water on a water-ski or water-skis while holding a rope towed by a speedboat
Derived Formswater-skier, nounwater-skiing, noun

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Word Origin and History for water-ski



1931, from water (n.1) + ski (n.). As a verb from 1953.

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