Definition of scoot in US English:

scoot

verb

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

    ‘they scooted off on their bikes’
    ‘I'd better scoot’
    • ‘Confused, I nevertheless dropped to the floor, scooting away from the window.’
    • ‘Lydia scooted away quickly and tried not to blush when he opened his eyes and looked around for her.’
    • ‘Eventually he was reduced to scooting along like an inchworm.’
    • ‘All the males waved him goodbye, scooting over to fill his empty seat, and obviously not entirely listening to what he said.’
    • ‘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'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 gave her a nod and we began scooting further around the house.’
    • ‘The couple was scooting down the road, easily catching up with them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He opens the door for me, and I slide in, scooting over to save him a trip.’
    • ‘My silence fills the car, and a lone bushel of tumbleweed scooting through the scene wouldn't exactly seem out of place.’
    • ‘Tony, now almost six months old, was scooting around on the floor.’
    • ‘I stared at him warily before nodding and scooting back towards him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Mauritians loved it though, encouraging us as we scooted along the country roads.’
    • ‘I forced a smile and nodded, scooting so that I was across from her.’
    • ‘‘Well, I gotta dash,’ she beamed, grabbing her things and scooting out of the room.’
    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 scooted over in the booth and made a space for him’
    ‘Ronald scooted down the steep rock on the butt of his jeans’
  • 3Ride a scooter.

    ‘many children who scoot to school wear helmets’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

scoot

/skut//sko͞ot/