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

  • noun A short, usually comic dramatic performance or work; a theatrical sketch.
  • noun A short humorous or satirical piece of writing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To leap aside; fly off at a tangent; go off suddenly.
  • To flounce; caper like a skittish horse.
  • To slide.
  • noun A light, wanton wench.
  • noun A scud of rain.
  • noun A satirical or sarcastic attack; a lampoon; a pasquinade; a squib; also, a short essay or treatise; a pamphlet; a brochure; a literary trifle, especially one of a satirical or sarcastic nature.
  • noun Banter; jeer.
  • To cast reflections on; asperse, Grose.
  • noun The skitty, a rail or crake. See skitty.

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

  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. & Scot. To cast reflections on; to asperse.
  • noun A reflection; a jeer or gibe; a sally; a brief satire; a squib.
  • noun obsolete A wanton girl; a light wench.
  • noun A short theatrical presentation, often comical or satirical. Comical skits are sometimes presented by amateur or ad hoc groups at parties, dinners, or other social gatherings.

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

  • noun A short comic performance.
  • noun A jeer or sally; a brief satire.
  • noun obsolete A wanton girl; a wench.
  • verb Ireland, Liverpudlian to make fun of. (Used in Merseyside)

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

  • noun a short theatrical episode


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

[Origin unknown.]


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