Definition of scoot in English:

scoot

verb

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

    ‘they scooted off on their bikes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lydia scooted away quickly and tried not to blush when he opened his eyes and looked around for her.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘I gave her a nod and we began scooting further around the house.’
    • ‘Confused, I nevertheless dropped to the floor, scooting away from the window.’
    • ‘Jake became along and scooted off the bed to kneel at my side and place a hand on my shoulder and back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Mauritians loved it though, encouraging us as we scooted along the country roads.’
    • ‘I stared at him warily before nodding and scooting back towards him.’
    • ‘‘Hey,’ he said softly, falling to his knees on the bed and then scooting up to lay next to me.’
    • ‘I forced a smile and nodded, scooting so that I was across from her.’
    • ‘Brian was scooting frantically along to his side, his head bobbing up and down like a boy in a toy store.’
    • ‘Amy walked towards the restroom, quickly scooting out of people's ways.’
    • ‘He sat down into the curved side of the booth, scooting across the seat, onto the other side of the soft curve.’
    • ‘Tony, now almost six months old, was scooting around on the floor.’
    • ‘All the males waved him goodbye, scooting over to fill his empty seat, and obviously not entirely listening to what he said.’
    • ‘He's squatting on his haunches, scooting along and slowing his descent by holding to the plants.’
    • ‘Eventually he was reduced to scooting along like an inchworm.’
    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'.’
      • ‘They always gave warning of his arrival in Perth, after which they both went on the scoot together.’
      • ‘One man trained hard for his tax rebate, then went on the scoot and had a coronary before he got his refund.’
      • ‘Some forty or fifty men took leave to go on the scoot.’
      • ‘He had been promoted several times for good work and demoted just as often for "getting on the scoot".’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

scoot

/skuːt/