from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A container for receiving, transporting, and dumping waste materials.
  • intransitive verb To move by hopping on one foot and then the other.
  • intransitive verb To leap lightly about.
  • intransitive verb To bounce over or be deflected from a surface; skim or ricochet.
  • intransitive verb To pass from point to point, omitting or disregarding what intervenes.
  • intransitive verb To be promoted in school beyond the next regular class or grade.
  • intransitive verb Informal To leave hastily; abscond.
  • intransitive verb To misfire. Used of an engine.
  • intransitive verb To leap or jump lightly over.
  • intransitive verb To pass over without mentioning; omit.
  • intransitive verb To miss or omit as one in a series.
  • intransitive verb To cause to bounce lightly over a surface; skim.
  • intransitive verb To be promoted beyond (the next grade or level).
  • intransitive verb Informal To leave hastily.
  • intransitive verb Informal To fail to attend.
  • noun A leaping or jumping movement, especially a gait in which hops and steps alternate.
  • noun An act of passing over something; an omission.
  • noun A control mechanism on an audio or video player that interrupts the playing of a recording and advances or reverses to the beginning of the nearest chapter, track, or other division.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A leap; a spring; a bound.
  • noun 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.
  • noun That which is skipped; anything which is passed over or disregarded.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A college servant; a scout.
  • noun In sugar-making, the amount or charge of syrup in the pans at one time.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In poker, a straight in which the cards are alternate, such as 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: when played, it beats two pairs.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A light leap or bound.
  • noun The act of passing over an interval from one thing to another; an omission of a part.
  • noun (Mus.) A passage from one sound to another by more than a degree at once.
  • noun [Slang.] a lackey; a footboy.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See Bluefish, 1.
  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot. A basket. See skep.
  • noun A basket on wheels, used in cotton factories.
  • noun (Mining) An iron bucket, which slides between guides, for hoisting mineral and rock.
  • noun (Sugar Manuf.) A charge of sirup in the pans.
  • noun A beehive; a skep.
  • transitive verb To leap lightly over.
  • transitive verb To pass over or by without notice; to omit; to miss.
  • transitive verb colloq. To cause to skip.


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

[Variant of skep (in its earlier meaning, basket).]

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

[Middle English skippen, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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    June 11, 2007

  • WordNet omits one of the common British English meanings.

    February 22, 2009

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

    February 22, 2009

  • Yep, a.k.a. dumpster.

    February 22, 2009

  • Hey. I resemble that remark.

    February 23, 2009

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

    February 23, 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

  • Whatever you say, bypass.

    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

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

    February 24, 2009