Main definitions of skip in English

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skip1

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Move along lightly, stepping from one foot to the other with a hop or bounce.

    ‘she began to skip down the path’
    • ‘The leaves provide shelter or canopy and after a few days the little creatures find their feet and learn to skip and jump.’
    • ‘The woman skipped down the steps until she was beside the two.’
    • ‘You know this is bull because you just saw Lisa skipping down the hallway.’
    • ‘Clive Tyldesley growls randomly as Davids skips past a defender.’
    • ‘He gestured towards a small antelope skipping along parallel to us.’
    • ‘In a rush of sudden glee, he began to skip down the sidewalk.’
    • ‘Kit practically skipped up the stairs, causing Alan to smile softly to himself.’
    • ‘Carlie shouted, and she jumped and skipped around the man in girlhood glee.’
    • ‘She nodded and he nodded to the girl who skipped down the hall.’
    • ‘When she looked up she saw Molly giggling and skipping down the hallway.’
    • ‘She blew a very flamboyant kiss his way, and she saw him blush before she practically skipped off.’
    • ‘Mr Black bounced in, skipping like a four-year-old being taken to a party.’
    • ‘"Ok " HiKari said happily skipping out and grabbing her backpack.’
    • ‘He skipped down the sidewalk and opened the door to his mom's car.’
    • ‘She skipped into the kitchen and took one chicken from the spit.’
    • ‘Trailed by Sara, he skipped down the stairs and cautiously opened the door.’
    • ‘She skipped down the hall, pulling on her pants at the same time.’
    • ‘So I merrily skipped off to biology, thinking that there was absolutely nothing that could go wrong.’
    • ‘I yell at the frisky types skipping along the deep gold sand.’
    • ‘Kati whistled happily as she skipped down the sidewalk, walking her imaginary dog.’
    caper, prance, trip, dance, bound, jump, leap, spring, hop, bounce, gambol, frisk, romp, cavort, bob
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  • 2British no object Jump over a rope which is held at both ends by oneself or two other people and turned repeatedly over the head and under the feet, as a game or for exercise.

    ‘training was centred on running and skipping’
    • ‘They skipped through hurried ropes without missing a beat while entering into little spaces as the ropes took different positions and angles.’
    • ‘Other traditional games such as skipping and marbles are also being brought back in other primary schools.’
    • ‘Except for the rope skipping, all exercises are the same, so read the form tips in the intermediate workout.’
    • ‘Other good bone-building exercises are skipping, aerobics and brisk walking.’
    • ‘Good exercises include running, skipping, aerobics, tennis, weight-training and brisk walking.’
    • ‘Begin each lifting session with a 5 to 10 minute warm-up session by rope skipping.’
    • ‘Twenty minutes of skipping is hard work, so I like to intersperse skipping with endurance exercises.’
    1. 2.1North American with object Jump over (a rope that is being turned)
      ‘the younger girls had been skipping rope’
      • ‘The people in this school can't skip a rope even if it's lying on the floor.’
      • ‘In training for the fight, Liston had skipped rope interminably to Coleman Hawkins's ‘Night Train’.’
      • ‘I had to pretend not to know how to skip rope when, in real life, I was quite good at it.’
      • ‘One girl executes cool maneuvers on her own; but she is also skipping a large rope held by two pairs of pals, one stacked on the other.’
      • ‘It takes only three girls to skip rope or two to play house, while more boys are needed for team sports such as football.’
      • ‘The world's elite shadow boxed or skipped rope right next to them.’
      • ‘I can't skip rope worth a damn, so this is one of the first things they're way better at than I am.’
      • ‘She couldn't skip rope because it wasn't ladylike.’
    2. 2.2with object Jump lightly over.
      ‘the children used to skip the puddles’
      • ‘Of course they must be fit and able to run and skip a tackle but all that stands for nothing if they don't know what to do with ball.’
      • ‘He skipped past two tackles to race into the area, but was foiled crucially at the last moment by Paddy Martin, the big Kilglass No.4.’
  • 3with object Omit (part of a book that one is reading, or a stage in a sequence that one is following)

    ‘the video manual allows the viewer to skip sections he's not interested in’
    • ‘Of course we skip right to the Outcome, which is kind of ambiguous.’
    • ‘My heart practically skipped a beat and a wide grin spread across my face.’
    • ‘In fact, he nearly skipped the whole book, but for two or three pages at the end.’
    • ‘On the third ring, he answered and I skipped the greetings and immediately jumped to ‘Where are you?’’
    • ‘I got out my calculator and my math book and skipped over a song on my CD.’
    • ‘Christians may forgive, but this does not mean that whatever punishment is due to an evil doer must be skipped over.’
    • ‘As with television, 45 % of online consumers would like to skip commercials easily.’
    • ‘Then skip ahead to tomorrow, friend, because today is the first day of the 58th Cannes Film Festival.’
    • ‘Adult Andrew Drury put in a near perfect performance that enabled him to jump a grade by skipping the yellow belt altogether and moving up to orange belt.’
    • ‘Let's skip straight to the end, shall we?’
    • ‘If you're not terribly interested, then skip ahead past the italics.’
    • ‘Some of the details presented of Jerry's career are skipped over.’
    • ‘I picked up another one, and my heart almost skipped a beat.’
    • ‘Be aware that those who connect through cable or DSL also skip the introduction, but not as often.’
    • ‘I'll skip right to the next interesting part; when my mom came home.’
    • ‘I'm not giving away a lot of plot details, but if you're still playing the game I'd skip reading the next bit.’
    • ‘When you felt your throat dry and a pit in your stomach, you had probably just skipped a meal.’
    • ‘I could have sworn my heart just skipped a beat.’
    • ‘Poses may be repeated or skipped, but they should be done in the order given.’
    • ‘I was inhaling chapters and barely holding myself back from skipping to the end.’
    omit, leave out, miss out, dispense with, do without, pass over, bypass, skim over, steer clear of, disregard, ignore
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    1. 3.1no object Move quickly and in an unmethodical way from one point or subject to another.
      ‘Marian skipped half-heartedly through the book’
      • ‘Today's post could be accused of being without focus and skipping from one subject to the next.’
      • ‘Letters that list complaints or that skip from one subject to another are often rejected or heavily edited.’
      • ‘The verses are a number of independent statements that skip through different subjects.’
      • ‘But even as he skips over subjects and themes, Kureishi has always returned to his own life for inspiration.’
      • ‘I was sure that he would act like most other boys and skip away from the deep subjects.’
      • ‘They had skipped from subject to subject, from music, to movies, to classes, to friends and family.’
      • ‘Thus, what you get for your hard-earned then is an all too brief account, with highlights that skip too quickly from one sport to the next.’
      glance at, have a quick look at, flick through, flip through, leaf through, scan, run one's eye over
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  • 4with object Fail to attend or deal with as appropriate; miss.

    ‘I wanted to skip my English lesson to visit my mother’
    ‘try not to skip breakfast’
    • ‘But with all of the food you guys provide us here, it's really no big deal to skip a meal or two.’
    • ‘Even worse, skipping breakfast can lead to some diseases.’
    • ‘The next day I discovered that the ripple of excitement was apprehension for many people; namely those who had skipped work to attend.’
    • ‘Many people skip the traditional breakfast and lunch.’
    • ‘So the family members used to eat in rotations, those who had lunch skipped the dinner and vice versa.’
    • ‘Skipping breakfast was easy: I just asked Wry to cover for me.’
    • ‘As Train 20 passed into Alabama we skipped the first call for lunch and snacked in the cafe-lounge.’
    • ‘Teams of officers are hunting them after they skipped bail and failed to attend court.’
    • ‘This close observation of deceit caused her to skip her turn at jumprope.’
    • ‘I was almost late for the bus, and I had to skip breakfast.’
    • ‘He'd been known to skip lectures and just attend tutes when he was a University student.’
    • ‘For any other parents out there reading this, I recommend skipping the above negotiation and waiting until they fall asleep.’
    • ‘‘Children who skip breakfast can find it difficult to concentrate in class,’ she said.’
    • ‘She would have never skipped a class or snuck out at night for anyone.’
    • ‘True, I was skipping first hour and standing right in the middle of the west wing hallway, but it was alright.’
    • ‘After all, some of them had to have skipped class to attend the sit-in.’
    • ‘If she keeps skipping meals, confide in your mom or a school counselor.’
    • ‘Whatever you do, don't skip breakfast - even if your stomach is in knots.’
    • ‘The scheme involves pursuing those who skip bail and fail to turn up to a hearing after being released on bail.’
    • ‘Your mother may have been wrong: skipping meals may be good for you.’
    fail to attend, play truant from, miss, absent oneself from, take french leave from
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    1. 4.1skip itinformal no object Abandon an undertaking, conversation, or activity.
      ‘after several wrong turns in our journey, we almost decided to skip it’
      • ‘If I could, I would have skipped it, but unfortunately biology dictates.’
      • ‘I wasn't going to skip it after going through the whole semester and doing all the work.’
      • ‘He had been investing all his life, but when he had the best investment opportunity ever, he skipped it.’
      • ‘And I haven't skipped it in ages, so I think it'll be ok.’
      • ‘I've gotten tickets to SonicFest 2005 tonight but I am contemplating skipping it.’
      • ‘So, with a bitter sense of disappointment that still lingers to this day, I skipped it.’
      • ‘Besides, beating myself up isn't working and it doesn't feel good, so I'm skipping it for now.’
      • ‘You can skip it and just take my word that it is extreme.’
      • ‘And this just kind of wipes out Congress' intent in law and just skips it.’
      • ‘I thought about StairMastering, but since my legs are a little sore from yesterday I skipped it.’
    2. 4.2informal no object Run away; disappear.
      ‘I'm not giving them a chance to skip off again’
      • ‘Are the Germans really going to skip off into the dusk, like the Italians did, and leave the Spanish to sweep up all the riches Europe has to offer?’
      • ‘Your parents aren't going to let you skip off and become a peasant.’
      • ‘She had often told others that they would be the ones to skip off and leave her; they would be the ones to ignore her over the boy.’
      • ‘But as soon as he decides to skip off to another country to make a movie, everyone decides that they actually liked Woody Allen all along.’
      • ‘It seems that it is a bit of a tradition among graduates to skip off overseas and teach English, and why not?’
      • ‘We walk together, slowly, allowing the others to skip off.’
      • ‘So the vacuous Shoreditchers inevitably skip off into the sunset together with that Winkleman terror snapping at their heels.’
      run off, run away, do a disappearing act, make off, take off
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    3. 4.3informal Depart quickly and secretly from.
      ‘she skipped her home amid rumours of a romance’
      • ‘It's not even that I secretly skip the horrid hair washing bath night.’
      • ‘Well he did intend to but couldn't think how to so the thought quickly skipped his mind.’
      • ‘Once out, he skipped town, missing his court appearance.’
  • 5with object Throw (a stone) so that it ricochets off the surface of water.

    ‘they skipped stones across the creek’
    • ‘As we smoked and talked, Mike and I would skip flat rocks across the stream below the bridge.’
    • ‘I skip a rock across the blog ocean - it skips three pretty times across the waves, and comes to rest below the surface of a blog.’
    • ‘Wolf skipped a flat stone across the surface, shattering the mirror.’
    • ‘The boys skipped stones at every watery spot we found.’
    • ‘The entire play is like skipping stones across the surface of a story - there's no substance.’
    • ‘After that, they just hung out by the beach and talked, skipping rocks across the shallow surface of the water.’
    • ‘Daniel laughed, brushed a piece of his blond hair from his eyes, and tried to skip another stone on the cobbles.’
    • ‘She was trying to skip stones, and wasn't having much luck.’
    • ‘She stood and cracked her back, replying nonchalantly as she skipped stones.’
    • ‘And Morgan suddenly became very conscious of the fact he had been skipping stones like a ten-year-old boy.’
    • ‘It was different from how one threw daggers, or stones, or much of anything else; it vaguely resembled skipping a rock.’
    • ‘She and her friends had been having a contest to see who could make a stone skip the most when Miree had found it.’
    • ‘Vincent commented as he watched Pearl trying to skip rocks on the water.’
    • ‘Elsa and I greedily drank from the stream while Rowen sat on a bank, and skipped stones across the water.’
    • ‘Chiha and Kohibi came to visit her often; she played with them on off times, and taught Kohibi how to skip rocks.’
    • ‘As he watches the older kids showing the younger ones how to skip stones, his voice softens.’
    • ‘But this tendency can be a flat stone skipped over deep water and crucial insights.’
    • ‘Lars taught me to skip rocks, and soon I was better than he was, much to his chagrin.’
    • ‘Melanie and Eon were at the beach, just staring at the bay and skipping rocks across its surface.’
    • ‘He looked up at the dragon after throwing a few stones, skipping them a few times over the water, and licked his lips.’
    throw, toss, fling, cast, pitch
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noun

  • 1A light, bouncing step; a skipping movement.

    ‘he moved with a strange, dancing skip’
    • ‘Spend time doing things that put a skip in your step, a grin on your face, some glory in your life story.’
    • ‘Put a skip in your step by skipping out for a lunch time walk.’
    • ‘She smiled at this action and walked away with a slight skip in her step and I stifled a laugh.’
    • ‘He turned with a skip and shambled away, whistling.’
    • ‘One Twinkie found a home in my chest pocket, while the other I held out in front of me as I followed out the door, a spry little skip in my step.’
    • ‘Fall is the season when you come alive, and right now the equinox is putting a frisky skip in your step.’
    • ‘Shannon noticed a slight skip in his step and laughed to herself.’
    • ‘She rises and descends with natural ease and skips through a complicated chorus full of rich imagery.’
    • ‘I pulled round and left with what can only be described as a skip in my step.’
    • ‘The only mode of transportation she seemed to have was a bouncing skip.’
    • ‘She walked to school that morning with a slight skip in her step.’
    • ‘No more than eight years old he walks briskly with a slight skip in his step past the monument towards the houses beyond.’
    • ‘My chest is puffed out regularly and there is a skip in my step.’
    • ‘With a slight skip in her step she too leaves the room.’
    • ‘Ed had a little skip in his pace, which only added to the glee in him.’
    • ‘She uttered thanks again and walked swiftly from the stables, a skip in her already jaunty step.’
    • ‘Still dressed in that red jumpsuit, slim even for her young age, she ran with a skip like a child prancing through a field of daisies.’
    • ‘It was as if everyone in the world had a skip to their step today, and it was contagious, as good moods often are.’
  • 2Computing
    An act of passing over part of a sequence of data or instructions.

    • ‘Recording is prone to skips if you use your computer heavily while it's recording.’
    • ‘There are no skips in the other two instruments.’
    • ‘You will, however, notice some animation jumps and skips based on certain commands.’
    • ‘You might expect that a PCI-based tuner would deliver smoother video and recordings with fewer skips than an external device.’
  • 3North American informal A person who is missing, especially one who has defaulted on a debt.

Origin

Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin.

Pronunciation

skip

/skɪp/

Main definitions of skip in English

: skip1skip2skip3

skip2

noun

  • 1British A large transportable open-topped container for building and other refuse.

    ‘I've salvaged a carpet from a skip’
    • ‘A large skip was filled with waste and the excrement was separately treated and disposed of.’
    • ‘We pay 200 per week to empty the skip.’
    • ‘Carrying heavy bags of rubbish up steel steps to tip over the waist height edge of the skip cannot be safe.’
    • ‘And it costs £40 to empty the skip, which happens at least once a week.’
    • ‘He should see the recycling skips near Bingley law courts.’
    • ‘Laois County Council may provide skips, refuse sacks, gloves and litter packs if required.’
    • ‘A friend of his managed to salvage four of them from the rubbish skip and returned them.’
    • ‘Rubbish littered the site, along with burned-out cars and refuse skips, huge piles of Tarmac and garden rubbish and gas cylinders.’
    • ‘Arriving in the town itself, the taxi manoeuvres around skips and building equipment, evidence that developers are moving in.’
    • ‘Bradford council workmen swept up the broken glass and rubble before shouldering it into skips to be taken away.’
    • ‘We had to hire skips to put all the damaged property in.’
    • ‘Anyone who needs a refuse skip for their waste will see the benefits immediately.’
    • ‘The provision of toilets and a rubbish skip is being considered.’
    • ‘The skip containers will be used mainly for garden refuse and rubbish which does not generally fit in the normal green drums.’
    • ‘While building work is under way space around the building is needed for scaffolding and skips.’
    • ‘Supplying waste skips and filling of same with rubbish thrown out from flood damaged shops.’
    • ‘The Council sponsored a skip container which was placed outside the graveyard.’
    • ‘After they left, hotel staff found a black duffel bag in a rubbish skip.’
    • ‘The council may be able to assist those involved by providing skips, refuse sacks, gloves and litter pickers.’
  • 2A cage or bucket in which men or materials are lowered and raised in mines and quarries.

    • ‘The excavator was sitting at the top of the hole, so it could lower a skip down for the mini digger to fill, when it toppled over.’
    • ‘The excavator had been lowering a skip to the bottom of the hole when it tipped over the edge and tumbled down.’
    • ‘The driver of the skip lorry was taken to Hope Hospital with minor leg injuries.’
    • ‘A skip being lowered from a crane was seen to come close to the group of men laying tiles.’
    1. 2.1
      variant spelling of skep

Pronunciation

skip

/skɪp/

Main definitions of skip in English

: skip1skip2skip3

skip3

noun

  • The captain or director of a side at bowls or curling.

    • ‘An inability to act on instructions from the skip can be damaging to team morale, and can be the foundation of doubt and dissension.’
    • ‘Returning to the women's side, skip Marika Bakewell was voted by her curling peers as the all-star skip for the tournament.’
    • ‘Not once did the seconds step on to the mat until they had received instructions from their skip as to what she wanted them to do.’
    • ‘Who, outside devotees of the sport, could name the skip of the women's curling team before this year's Winter Olympics?’
    • ‘Desert Rats carried on their hundred percent winning streak by beating the Buriram Stompers captained by their new skip Phil.’
    • ‘If you are having trouble handling one side, ask the skip if you can play the other side to see if it gives you better results.’
    • ‘How often do you see a side holding four or five shots when the opposing skip, with his/her last bowl, draws the shot?’
    • ‘Teams of four players termed rinks are led by the skip, as in bowls.’
    • ‘The opposing skip then played his last shot with weight to try to move the York wood but missed, meaning York took the game 75-74.’
    • ‘‘Whitea’ with skip Volkmar Petzold won the first race that day in the fun cruising class.’
    • ‘Still, the Dodger skip delighted in watching the writer's gaffes.’
    • ‘As the players bend into their stances and play, the skips employ a variety of hand signals, looking not unlike third-base coaches at times.’

verb

[with object]
  • Act as skip of (a side)

    ‘they lost to another Stranraer team, skipped by Peter Wilson’
    • ‘Kevin and Kitty Phillips played well against strong opposition skipped by SA representative Rudi Jacobs.’
    • ‘Today the Scots play the Swiss Olympic team skipped by Luzia Erbrother.’
    • ‘The tournament was first played here in 1984 and fittingly the inaugural winner was Border's Hamiltons, skipped by Alma Watt.’
    • ‘Ball's victory in the fours final earlier in the year was also against a side skipped by Lavelle.’
    • ‘In a section four game yesterday afternoon former Springbok Judy Armist's St Andrew's team battled it out with the Strand team skipped by L Logan.’
    • ‘Smith, a previous QSG captain, was this season handed the task of skipping the Gulf International side.’

Origin

Early 19th century (originally Scots): abbreviation of skipper.

Pronunciation

skip

/skɪp/