Definition of skit in US English:

skit

noun

  • 1A short comedy sketch or piece of humorous writing, especially a parody.

    ‘a skit on daytime magazine programs’
    • ‘His outrageous comedy skits and quick wit made him part of daily life for millions of American families.’
    • ‘They can stage a short skit about Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi March and India's struggle for Independence.’
    • ‘Your skits and spoken-word pieces about music tend to have a sarcastic edge.’
    • ‘She looked past the new release shelf to see Steve and Tim watching some comedy skits on TV.’
    • ‘Youth of all backgrounds performed skits and spoken word pieces about political and social justice.’
    • ‘An interview with Meena and a comedy skit will also be telecast.’
    • ‘Along with brazenly ridiculing government and society, Ko began to incorporate short comedic skits into the band's sets.’
    • ‘The watchword here was informality, with the pair linking skits and sketches in an amiable, easy-going manner.’
    • ‘The shows consisted of skits, sketches and musical items, and featured visiting celebrity guest stars.’
    • ‘The entertainment fare was peppered with cinematic dance, oriental Thai performances and humorous skits.’
    • ‘What is more, they would be encouraged to write skits, short plays and scripts for documentaries during the trek.’
    • ‘The writers have been going a little nuts thinking up scenarios and skits and sketches and things like that.’
    • ‘His cartoons, novels, skits and plays reflect an immense zest for portraying the funny side of life.’
    • ‘In the short skit, the guys left everyone spellbound with their fluency in Hindi.’
    • ‘From the moment he started writing, he began to write short skits and plays.’
    • ‘A short skit was presented with a message conveying that the disabled were in no way inferior to others.’
    • ‘Whenever we film our video game parody skits, we try to include, and harass, as many people in public as we can.’
    • ‘Skeins emerged through group projects to render the maze of tradition through a time-line, skits and sketches.’
    • ‘What was originally supposed to be a short skit for the end-of-run cast party soon turned into a show in its own right.’
    • ‘In the lower classes, students would stage skits in which they played the part of upper-caste Jats.’
    comedy sketch, act, piece, turn, item, routine, number
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    1. 1.1North American A short informal performance intended to educate or inform.
      ‘theater department students will create skits about bullying and go to each elementary school to perform them’

Origin

Early 18th century (in the sense ‘satirical comment or attack’): related to the rare verb skit ‘move lightly and rapidly’, perhaps from Old Norse (compare with skjóta ‘shoot’).

Pronunciation

skit

/skɪt//skit/