Definitions

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

  • noun A skipjack tuna.
  • noun Any of various other fishes, such as the bluefish, that habitually leap out of the water.
  • noun A small sailboat having a bottom shaped like a flat V and vertical sides.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shallow, impertinent fellow; an insignificant fop; a puppy.
  • noun Formerly, a youth who rode horses up and down, showing them off with a view to sale.
  • noun The merrythought of a fowl made into a little toy by a twisted thread and a small piece of stick.
  • noun In ichthyology, one of several different fishes which dart through and sometimes skip out of the water.
  • noun In entomology, a click-beetle or snapping-beetle; an elater; any member of the Elateridæ. See cut under click-beetle.
  • noun A form of boat used on the Florida coast, built very flat, with little or no sheer, and with chubby bows.
  • noun Pomolobus chrysochloris, of the family Clupeidæ, a herring found land-locked in the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

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

  • noun obsolete An upstart.
  • noun (Zoöl.) An elater; a snap bug, or snapping beetle.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A name given to several kinds of a fish, as the common bluefish, the alewife, the bonito, the butterfish, the cutlass fish, the jurel, the leather jacket, the runner, the saurel, the saury, the threadfish, etc.
  • noun (Naut.) A shallow sailboat with a rectilinear or V-shaped cross section.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several unrelated fish.
  • noun obsolete An upstart.
  • noun An elaterid; a click beetle.
  • noun A shallow sailboat with a rectilinear or V-shaped cross section.

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

  • noun medium-sized tuna-like food fish of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters; less valued than tuna
  • noun oceanic schooling tuna of considerable value in Pacific but less in Atlantic; reaches 75 pounds; very similar to if not the same as oceanic bonito
  • noun able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound

Etymologies

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

[skip (in reference to its leaping behavior) + jack, fellow.]

Examples

  • Very true, skipjack is a type of tuna so that could definitely be the cause of all the confusion.

    Jumpin’ Jack Fish Roll

  • The other common species in the area is skipjack, which is still believed to be plentiful and is used for canning.

    EcoEarth.Info Environment RSS Newsfeed

  • Of the other species of tuna, including yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye and albacore, the skipjack is the only one not suffering from serious population decline linked to overfishing.

    The Guardian World News

  • Of the other species of tuna, including yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye and albacore, the skipjack is the only one not suffering from serious population decline linked to overfishing.

    The Guardian World News

  • Of the other species of tuna, including yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye and albacore, the skipjack is the only one not suffering from serious population decline linked to overfishing.

    The Guardian World News

  • Of the other species of tuna, including yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye and albacore, the skipjack is the only one not suffering from serious population decline linked to overfishing.

    The Guardian World News

  • Of the other species of tuna, including yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye and albacore, the skipjack is the only one not suffering from serious population decline linked to overfishing.

    The Guardian World News

  • Of the other species of tuna, including yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye and albacore, the skipjack is the only one not suffering from serious population decline linked to overfishing.

    The Guardian World News

  • The smaller tunas, such as skipjack are most often used for these products.

    Chapter 4

  • “It’s where my mother and grandmother shopped; it’s where I shop,” he said, pausing to examine an icy bed of aku, what Hawaiians call skipjack tuna.

    American Chinatown

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  • one of the nicknames for the click beetle

    August 6, 2009

  • The Century has "n. Pomolobus chrysochloris, of the family Clupeidæ, a herring found land-locked in the Ohio and Mississippi rivers," but I think it's now known as Alosa chrysochloris.

    July 21, 2015