Main definitions of skip in English

: skip1skip2skip3

skip1

verb

  • 1[no 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’
    • ‘Trailed by Sara, he skipped down the stairs and cautiously opened the door.’
    • ‘She nodded and he nodded to the girl who skipped down the hall.’
    • ‘She skipped down the hall, pulling on her pants at the same time.’
    • ‘The leaves provide shelter or canopy and after a few days the little creatures find their feet and learn to skip and jump.’
    • ‘I yell at the frisky types skipping along the deep gold sand.’
    • ‘Clive Tyldesley growls randomly as Davids skips past a defender.’
    • ‘He gestured towards a small antelope skipping along parallel to us.’
    • ‘Kati whistled happily as she skipped down the sidewalk, walking her imaginary dog.’
    • ‘Mr Black bounced in, skipping like a four-year-old being taken to a party.’
    • ‘So I merrily skipped off to biology, thinking that there was absolutely nothing that could go wrong.’
    • ‘When she looked up she saw Molly giggling and skipping down the hallway.’
    • ‘In a rush of sudden glee, he began to skip down the sidewalk.’
    • ‘The woman skipped down the steps until she was beside the two.’
    • ‘Carlie shouted, and she jumped and skipped around the man in girlhood glee.’
    • ‘She blew a very flamboyant kiss his way, and she saw him blush before she practically skipped off.’
    • ‘Kit practically skipped up the stairs, causing Alan to smile softly to himself.’
    • ‘You know this is bull because you just saw Lisa skipping down the hallway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"Ok " HiKari said happily skipping out and grabbing her backpack.’
    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’
    • ‘Begin each lifting session with a 5 to 10 minute warm-up session by rope 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.’
    • ‘Twenty minutes of skipping is hard work, so I like to intersperse skipping with endurance exercises.’
    • ‘Other good bone-building exercises are skipping, aerobics and brisk walking.’
    • ‘Good exercises include running, skipping, aerobics, tennis, weight-training and brisk walking.’
    1. 2.1North American [with object] Jump over (a rope that is being turned):
      ‘the younger girls had been skipping rope’
      • ‘I had to pretend not to know how to skip rope when, in real life, I was quite good at it.’
      • ‘In training for the fight, Liston had skipped rope interminably to Coleman Hawkins's ‘Night Train’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She couldn't skip rope because it wasn't ladylike.’
      • ‘It takes only three girls to skip rope or two to play house, while more boys are needed for team sports such as football.’
      • ‘I can't skip rope worth a damn, so this is one of the first things they're way better at than I am.’
      • ‘The world's elite shadow boxed or skipped rope right next to them.’
      • ‘The people in this school can't skip a rope even if it's lying on the floor.’
    2. 2.2[with 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.’
  • 3[with 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’
    • ‘I was inhaling chapters and barely holding myself back from skipping to the end.’
    • ‘I picked up another one, and my heart almost skipped a beat.’
    • ‘Of course we skip right to the Outcome, which is kind of ambiguous.’
    • ‘I got out my calculator and my math book and skipped over a song on my CD.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of the details presented of Jerry's career are skipped over.’
    • ‘On the third ring, he answered and I skipped the greetings and immediately jumped to ‘Where are you?’’
    • ‘I could have sworn my heart just skipped a beat.’
    • ‘My heart practically skipped a beat and a wide grin spread across my face.’
    • ‘If you're not terribly interested, then skip ahead past the italics.’
    • ‘Poses may be repeated or skipped, but they should be done in the order given.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, he nearly skipped the whole book, but for two or three pages at the end.’
    • ‘As with television, 45 % of online consumers would like to skip commercials easily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Let's skip straight to the end, shall we?’
    • ‘When you felt your throat dry and a pit in your stomach, you had probably just skipped a meal.’
    • ‘Then skip ahead to tomorrow, friend, because today is the first day of the 58th Cannes Film Festival.’
    • ‘Christians may forgive, but this does not mean that whatever punishment is due to an evil doer must be skipped over.’
    omit, leave out, miss out, dispense with, do without, pass over, bypass, skim over, steer clear of, disregard, ignore
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    1. 3.1[no object] Move quickly and in an unmethodical way from one point or subject to another:
      ‘Marian skipped half-heartedly through the book’
      • ‘The verses are a number of independent statements that skip through different subjects.’
      • ‘Today's post could be accused of being without focus and skipping from one subject to the next.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They had skipped from subject to subject, from music, to movies, to classes, to friends and family.’
      • ‘But even as he skips over subjects and themes, Kureishi has always returned to his own life for inspiration.’
      • ‘Letters that list complaints or that skip from one subject to another are often rejected or heavily edited.’
      • ‘I was sure that he would act like most other boys and skip away from the deep subjects.’
      glance at, have a quick look at, flick through, flip through, leaf through, scan, run one's eye over
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  • 4[with 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’
    • ‘The scheme involves pursuing those who skip bail and fail to turn up to a hearing after being released on bail.’
    • ‘After all, some of them had to have skipped class to attend the sit-in.’
    • ‘The next day I discovered that the ripple of excitement was apprehension for many people; namely those who had skipped work to attend.’
    • ‘Even worse, skipping breakfast can lead to some diseases.’
    • ‘This close observation of deceit caused her to skip her turn at jumprope.’
    • ‘Teams of officers are hunting them after they skipped bail and failed to attend court.’
    • ‘‘Children who skip breakfast can find it difficult to concentrate in class,’ she said.’
    • ‘Your mother may have been wrong: skipping meals may be good for you.’
    • ‘I was almost late for the bus, and I had to skip breakfast.’
    • ‘Skipping breakfast was easy: I just asked Wry to cover for me.’
    • ‘If she keeps skipping meals, confide in your mom or a school counselor.’
    • ‘She would have never skipped a class or snuck out at night for anyone.’
    • ‘But with all of the food you guys provide us here, it's really no big deal to skip a meal or two.’
    • ‘As Train 20 passed into Alabama we skipped the first call for lunch and snacked in the cafe-lounge.’
    • ‘Whatever you do, don't skip breakfast - even if your stomach is in knots.’
    • ‘True, I was skipping first hour and standing right in the middle of the west wing hallway, but it was alright.’
    • ‘For any other parents out there reading this, I recommend skipping the above negotiation and waiting until they fall asleep.’
    • ‘So the family members used to eat in rotations, those who had lunch skipped the dinner and vice versa.’
    • ‘Many people skip the traditional breakfast and lunch.’
    • ‘He'd been known to skip lectures and just attend tutes when he was a University student.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had been investing all his life, but when he had the best investment opportunity ever, he skipped it.’
      • ‘So, with a bitter sense of disappointment that still lingers to this day, I skipped it.’
      • ‘And this just kind of wipes out Congress' intent in law and just skips it.’
      • ‘Besides, beating myself up isn't working and it doesn't feel good, so I'm skipping it for now.’
      • ‘I wasn't going to skip it after going through the whole semester and doing all the work.’
      • ‘You can skip it and just take my word that it is extreme.’
      • ‘I thought about StairMastering, but since my legs are a little sore from yesterday I skipped it.’
      • ‘If I could, I would have skipped it, but unfortunately biology dictates.’
    2. 4.2informal [no object] Run away; disappear:
      ‘I'm not giving them a chance to skip off again’
      • ‘We walk together, slowly, allowing the others to skip off.’
      • ‘It seems that it is a bit of a tradition among graduates to skip off overseas and teach English, and why not?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Well he did intend to but couldn't think how to so the thought quickly skipped his mind.’
      • ‘It's not even that I secretly skip the horrid hair washing bath night.’
      • ‘Once out, he skipped town, missing his court appearance.’
  • 5[with object] Throw (a stone) so that it ricochets off the surface of water:

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

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

    ‘he moved with a strange, dancing skip’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She walked to school that morning with a slight skip in her step.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She rises and descends with natural ease and skips through a complicated chorus full of rich imagery.’
    • ‘He turned with a skip and shambled away, whistling.’
    • ‘Put a skip in your step by skipping out for a lunch time walk.’
    • ‘The only mode of transportation she seemed to have was a bouncing skip.’
    • ‘It was as if everyone in the world had a skip to their step today, and it was contagious, as good moods often are.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shannon noticed a slight skip in his step and laughed to herself.’
    • ‘Fall is the season when you come alive, and right now the equinox is putting a frisky skip in your step.’
    • ‘She smiled at this action and walked away with a slight skip in her step and I stifled a laugh.’
    • ‘Ed had a little skip in his pace, which only added to the glee in him.’
    • ‘Spend time doing things that put a skip in your step, a grin on your face, some glory in your life story.’
    • ‘I pulled round and left with what can only be described as a skip in my step.’
    • ‘With a slight skip in her step she too leaves the room.’
    • ‘She uttered thanks again and walked swiftly from the stables, a skip in her already jaunty step.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Anyone who needs a refuse skip for their waste will see the benefits immediately.’
    • ‘While building work is under way space around the building is needed for scaffolding and skips.’
    • ‘The provision of toilets and a rubbish skip is being considered.’
    • ‘Rubbish littered the site, along with burned-out cars and refuse skips, huge piles of Tarmac and garden rubbish and gas cylinders.’
    • ‘After they left, hotel staff found a black duffel bag in a rubbish skip.’
    • ‘He should see the recycling skips near Bingley law courts.’
    • ‘Laois County Council may provide skips, refuse sacks, gloves and litter packs if required.’
    • ‘And it costs £40 to empty the skip, which happens at least once a week.’
    • ‘The Council sponsored a skip container which was placed outside the graveyard.’
    • ‘A friend of his managed to salvage four of them from the rubbish skip and returned them.’
    • ‘Supplying waste skips and filling of same with rubbish thrown out from flood damaged shops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We had to hire skips to put all the damaged property in.’
    • ‘Bradford council workmen swept up the broken glass and rubble before shouldering it into skips to be taken away.’
    • ‘Arriving in the town itself, the taxi manoeuvres around skips and building equipment, evidence that developers are moving in.’
    • ‘The council may be able to assist those involved by providing skips, refuse sacks, gloves and litter pickers.’
    • ‘The skip containers will be used mainly for garden refuse and rubbish which does not generally fit in the normal green drums.’
    • ‘A large skip was filled with waste and the excrement was separately treated and disposed of.’
  • 2A cage or bucket in which men or materials are lowered and raised in mines and quarries.

    • ‘A skip being lowered from a crane was seen to come close to the group of men laying tiles.’
    • ‘The driver of the skip lorry was taken to Hope Hospital with minor leg injuries.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still, the Dodger skip delighted in watching the writer's gaffes.’
    • ‘‘Whitea’ with skip Volkmar Petzold won the first race that day in the fun cruising class.’
    • ‘An inability to act on instructions from the skip can be damaging to team morale, and can be the foundation of doubt and dissension.’
    • ‘Teams of four players termed rinks are led by the skip, as in bowls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Who, outside devotees of the sport, could name the skip of the women's curling team before this year's Winter Olympics?’
    • ‘How often do you see a side holding four or five shots when the opposing skip, with his/her last bowl, draws the shot?’
    • ‘Returning to the women's side, skip Marika Bakewell was voted by her curling peers as the all-star skip for the tournament.’
    • ‘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.’

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.’
    • ‘Ball's victory in the fours final earlier in the year was also against a side skipped by Lavelle.’
    • ‘The tournament was first played here in 1984 and fittingly the inaugural winner was Border's Hamiltons, skipped by Alma Watt.’
    • ‘Smith, a previous QSG captain, was this season handed the task of skipping the Gulf International side.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

skip

/skɪp/