from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move by hopping on one foot and then the other.
  • intransitive v. To leap lightly about.
  • intransitive v. To bounce over or be deflected from a surface; skim or ricochet.
  • intransitive v. To pass from point to point, omitting or disregarding what intervenes: skipped through the list hurriedly; skipping over the dull passages in the novel.
  • intransitive v. To be promoted in school beyond the next regular class or grade.
  • intransitive v. Informal To leave hastily; abscond: skipped out of town.
  • intransitive v. To misfire. Used of an engine.
  • transitive v. To leap or jump lightly over: skip rope.
  • transitive v. To pass over without mentioning; omit: skipped the minor details of the story.
  • transitive v. To miss or omit as one in a series: My heart skipped a beat.
  • transitive v. To cause to bounce lightly over a surface; skim.
  • transitive v. To be promoted beyond (the next grade or level).
  • transitive v. Informal To leave hastily: The fugitive skipped town.
  • transitive v. Informal To fail to attend: We skipped science class again.
  • n. A leaping or jumping movement, especially a gait in which hops and steps alternate.
  • n. An act of passing over something; an omission.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move by hopping on alternate feet.
  • v. To leap about lightly.
  • v. To skim, ricochet or bounce over a surface.
  • v. To throw (something), making it skim, ricochet, or bounce over a surface.
  • v. To disregard, miss or omit part of a continuation (some item or stage).
  • v. To place an item in a skip.
  • v. Not to attend (some event, especially a class or a meeting).
  • v. To leave; as, to skip town, to skip the country.
  • v. To jump rope.
  • n. A leaping, jumping or skipping movement.
  • n. The act of passing over an interval from one thing to another; an omission of a part.
  • n. A passage from one sound to another by more than a degree at once.
  • n. A large open-topped rubbish bin, designed to be lifted onto the back of a truck to take away both bin and contents. See also skep.
  • n. A transportation container in a mine, usually for ore or mullock.
  • n. Short for skipper, the master or captain of a ship, or other person in authority.
  • n. The player who calls the shots and traditionally throws the last two rocks.
  • n. An Australian of Anglo-Celtic descent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A basket. See skep.
  • n. A basket on wheels, used in cotton factories.
  • n. An iron bucket, which slides between guides, for hoisting mineral and rock.
  • n. A charge of sirup in the pans.
  • n. A beehive; a skep.
  • n. A light leap or bound.
  • n. The act of passing over an interval from one thing to another; an omission of a part.
  • n. A passage from one sound to another by more than a degree at once.
  • intransitive v. To leap lightly; to move in leaps and hounds; -- commonly implying a sportive spirit.
  • intransitive v. Fig.: To leave matters unnoticed, as in reading, speaking, or writing; to pass by, or overlook, portions of a thing; -- often followed by over.
  • transitive v. To leap lightly over.
  • transitive v. To pass over or by without notice; to omit; to miss.
  • transitive v. To cause to skip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move suddenly or hastily (in a specified direction); go with a leap or spring; bound; dart.
  • To take light, dancing steps; leap about, as in sport; jump lightly; caper; frisk; specifically, to skip the rope (see below).
  • To make sudden changes with omissions; especially, to change about in an arbitrary manner: as, to skip about in one's reading.
  • To pass without notice; make omission, as of certain passages in reading or writing: often followed by over.
  • To take one's self off hurriedly; make off: as, he collected the money and skipped.
  • In music, to pass or progress from any tone to a tone more than one degree distant from it.
  • To leap over; cross with a skip or bound.
  • To pass over without action or notice; disregard; pass by.
  • To cause to skip or bound; specifically, to throw (a missile) so as to cause it to make a series of leaps along a surface.
  • n. A leap; a spring; a bound.
  • n. A passing over or disregarding; an omission; specifically, in music, a melodic progression from any tone to a tone more than one degree distant. Also called salto.
  • n. That which is skipped; anything which is passed over or disregarded.
  • n. In the games of bowls and curling, the player who acts as captain, leader, or director of a side or team, and who usually plays the last bowl or stone which his team has to play. Also called skipper.
  • n. A college servant; a scout.
  • n. In sugar-making, the amount or charge of syrup in the pans at one time.
  • n. In mining, an iron box for raising ore, differing from the kibble in that it runs between guides, while the kibble hangs free. In metal-mines the name is sometimes given to the box when it has wheels and runs on rails.
  • n. In poker, a straight in which the cards are alternate, such as 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: when played, it beats two pairs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. jump lightly
  • n. a gait in which steps and hops alternate
  • v. cause to skip over a surface
  • n. a mistake resulting from neglect
  • v. bypass
  • v. leave suddenly
  • v. bound off one point after another
  • v. intentionally fail to attend


Middle English skippen, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A reference to the television series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo; coined and used by Australians (particularly children) of non-British descent to counter derogatory terms aimed at them. (Wiktionary)



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  • *wonders if Skip dispenses curling tips to his sugar-making buddies*

    March 10, 2011

  • When making sugar I usually skip the first step.

    March 10, 2011

  • "15. In sugar-making, the amount or charge of syrup in the pans at one time."

    --Century Dictionary

    March 9, 2011

  • “Let’s face it: if baseball and football were in the winter, nobody would be watching,” said Robert P. Kelly, the chief executive of Bank of New York Mellon, who took up curling when he was growing up in Canada. He is a former “skip” — the player who usually directs the strategy during a game —and dispenses curling tips to employees. ”

    The New York Times, On Wall Street, a Romance With the Curling Stone, by Eric Dash, February 25, 2010

    February 26, 2010

  • So, I've gone from being a dumpster to being a joke? My mom would be so proud.

    February 25, 2009

  • Actually, I'm surprised that joke doesn't come up more often.

    February 25, 2009

  • Poor Skip. Guy can't get any respect.

    February 24, 2009

  • Skippyyyyy... Skippyyyyy... Skippy the Bush Kangaroooooo...

    February 24, 2009

  • Got kids? The little ones are called mini skips.

    February 24, 2009

  • This is a whole new world for me. Things were rough when the Skipper doll came out. And we won't even go into Skippy Peanut Butter...

    February 24, 2009

  • Whatever you say, bypass.

    February 24, 2009

  • I kind of like "bound off one point after another." Anything but "a mistake resulting from neglect," I suppose. Or dumpster.

    February 24, 2009

  • But I thought you were "move forward by leaps and bounds"?

    February 23, 2009

  • Hey. I resemble that remark.

    February 23, 2009

  • Yep, a.k.a. dumpster.

    February 22, 2009

  • That meaning being "giant bin", I assume, b?

    February 22, 2009

  • WordNet omits one of the common British English meanings.

    February 22, 2009

  • buzz twitch skip then purr in that order

    June 11, 2007