Definition of scoot in English:



[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 1Go or leave somewhere quickly.

    ‘they scooted off on their bikes’
    • ‘My silence fills the car, and a lone bushel of tumbleweed scooting through the scene wouldn't exactly seem out of place.’
    • ‘The couple was scooting down the road, easily catching up with them.’
    • ‘Tony, now almost six months old, was scooting around on the floor.’
    • ‘Jake became along and scooted off the bed to kneel at my side and place a hand on my shoulder and back.’
    • ‘‘Hey,’ he said softly, falling to his knees on the bed and then scooting up to lay next to me.’
    • ‘I gave her a nod and we began scooting further around the house.’
    • ‘He sat down into the curved side of the booth, scooting across the seat, onto the other side of the soft curve.’
    • ‘Confused, I nevertheless dropped to the floor, scooting away from the window.’
    • ‘All the males waved him goodbye, scooting over to fill his empty seat, and obviously not entirely listening to what he said.’
    • ‘Brian was scooting frantically along to his side, his head bobbing up and down like a boy in a toy store.’
    • ‘Eventually he was reduced to scooting along like an inchworm.’
    • ‘I forced a smile and nodded, scooting so that I was across from her.’
    • ‘Lydia scooted away quickly and tried not to blush when he opened his eyes and looked around for her.’
    • ‘I sucked in a breath and bolted upright, scooting back in my bed till my back hit the headboard and I couldn't go any further.’
    • ‘He opens the door for me, and I slide in, scooting over to save him a trip.’
    • ‘The Mauritians loved it though, encouraging us as we scooted along the country roads.’
    • ‘‘Well, I gotta dash,’ she beamed, grabbing her things and scooting out of the room.’
    • ‘He's squatting on his haunches, scooting along and slowing his descent by holding to the plants.’
    • ‘I stared at him warily before nodding and scooting back towards him.’
    • ‘Amy walked towards the restroom, quickly scooting out of people's ways.’
    dash, dart, run, sprint, race, rush, hurry, hasten, hare, hurtle, bolt, shoot, charge, career, speed, fly, whizz, zoom
    scuttle, scurry, scamper, skip, skitter, trot
    tear, pelt, zip, belt, beetle
    post, hie
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  • 2Slide in a sitting position.

    ‘she laughed when she saw me scooting down the slope on my backside’
    ‘she scooted over in the booth and made a space for him’
  • 3Ride a scooter.

    ‘many children who scoot to school wear helmets’


Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.