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’
    • ‘I stared at him warily before nodding and scooting back towards him.’
    • ‘All the males waved him goodbye, scooting over to fill his empty seat, and obviously not entirely listening to what he said.’
    • ‘Eventually he was reduced to scooting along like an inchworm.’
    • ‘Tony, now almost six months old, was scooting around on the floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Mauritians loved it though, encouraging us as we scooted along the country roads.’
    • ‘Brian was scooting frantically along to his side, his head bobbing up and down like a boy in a toy store.’
    • ‘Confused, I nevertheless dropped to the floor, scooting away from the window.’
    • ‘He's squatting on his haunches, scooting along and slowing his descent by holding to the plants.’
    • ‘Lydia scooted away quickly and tried not to blush when he opened his eyes and looked around for her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘He sat down into the curved side of the booth, scooting across the seat, onto the other side of the soft curve.’
    • ‘Amy walked towards the restroom, quickly scooting out of people's ways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The couple was scooting down the road, easily catching up with them.’
    • ‘‘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

/sko͞ot//skut/