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[waw-ter-skee, wot-er-]
verb (used without object), wa·ter-skied, wa·ter-ski·ing.
  1. to plane over water on water skis or a water ski by grasping a towing rope pulled by a speedboat.
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Related formswa·ter-ski·er, noun

water ski

noun, plural wa·ter skis or, sometimes, wa·ter ski.
  1. a ski on which to water-ski, designed to plane over water: it is shorter and broader than the skis used on snow.
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Origin of water ski

First recorded in 1930–35
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Historical Examples of water-ski

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

    Grim: The Story of a Pike

    Svend Fleuron

British Dictionary definitions for water-ski


noun Also: water ski
  1. a type of ski used for planing or gliding over water
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verb -skis, -skiing, -skied or -ski'd
  1. (intr) to ride over water on a water-ski or water-skis while holding a rope towed by a speedboat
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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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