Main definitions of skidoo in English

: skidoo1Skidoo2

skidoo1

(also skiddoo)

verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
informal, dated
  • Leave somewhere quickly.

    ‘I skidoo and take a trip’
    • ‘Perhaps it will give some of those billionaires their cues to skiddoo instead of whining about their inability to compete.’
    • ‘I sighed, wishing I could skidoo, but it was far too late, far too cold, and I was far too tired.’
    • ‘Major shops could skiddoo out of York if the Son of Coppergate scheme isn't given the go-ahead.’
    • ‘Will he have enough money left to buy whatever it is that Blue wants, or will the pooch skidoo back to Steve's house empty-pawed?’
    • ‘The end of the half-inning was the cue for my guests to skidoo.’
    withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
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Phrases

  • twenty-three skidoo

    • informal, dated A hasty departure.

      ‘you can easily watch your ball do a twenty-three skidoo over the green and into the water’
      • ‘You could find yourself strutting in a mid-tempo Charleston or a taking a stab at the 23 skidoo.’
      • ‘‘Cops would give guys the old move-along,’ I said, ‘and since the Flatiron's on 23rd, it was known as the 23 - skidoo.’’
      • ‘To be sure, not everything about EL Magazine smacks of 23 skiddoo and hey-nonny-nonny with a hot-cha-cha.’

Origin

Early 20th century: perhaps from skedaddle. The term is said to have been used originally in reference to male onlookers chased by police from the Flatiron Building, 23rd Street, New York, where the skirts of female passers-by were raised by winds intensified by the building's design.

Pronunciation

skidoo

/skɪˈduː/

Main definitions of skidoo in English

: skidoo1Skidoo2

Skidoo2

(also skidoo)

noun

North American
trademark
  • A type of snowmobile.

    • ‘The leading Skidoo didn't have enough gusto to pull up its two fully laden sledges, so we decided to take each sledge up one at a time.’
    • ‘Whether it is soaring 50 feet through the air on a Skidoo or popping tricks on a board in a half pipe, extreme sports thrive on danger.’
    • ‘Barbara has driven her Skidoo, loaded with custom-made leg-hold traps and other gear, me riding my skis at the end of a tow rope behind.’
    • ‘While the Skidoos are mired still again, on another steep switchback below a ridgeline, I wonder aloud whether this route was originally cut for hauling timber.’
    • ‘We returned to camp, hitched one sledge to each Skidoo, then began making our way towards a little rocky hill just north of Kanak Peak.’
    • ‘It was an uplifting, exciting feeling to drive the Skidoo pulling only one sledge over a perfectly flat smooth surface.’
    • ‘I tested the new route by slowly driving the Skidoo over it.’
    • ‘Brian was driving the Skidoo, while I was on the back of the sledge.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
  • Ride on a Skidoo.

    ‘they spend their free time skidooing down mountains’
    • ‘I like to think they spend their free time Skidooing down mountains.’

Origin

1960s: an arbitrary formation from ski.

Pronunciation

Skidoo

/skɪˈduː/