Definition of scoot in English:

scoot

verb

[no object]informal
  • 1Go or leave somewhere quickly.

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

Phrases

  • go (or get) on the scoot

    • informal Go on a heavy drinking session.

      ‘they enjoyed the fun and games and went on the scoot’
      • ‘He once asked a journalist for five pounds so he and his backbench colleague could 'go on the scoot'.’
      • ‘One man trained hard for his tax rebate, then went on the scoot and had a coronary before he got his refund.’
      • ‘They always gave warning of his arrival in Perth, after which they both went on the scoot together.’
      • ‘He had been promoted several times for good work and demoted just as often for "getting on the scoot".’
      • ‘Some forty or fifty men took leave to go on the scoot.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

scoot

/skuːt/