verb (skips, skipping, skipped)
- 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move along lightly, stepping from one foot to the other with a hop or bounce: she began to skip down the pathMore example sentences
- I yell at the frisky types skipping along the deep gold sand.
- He gestured towards a small antelope skipping along parallel to us.
- Mr Black bounced in, skipping like a four-year-old being taken to a party.
- 2 [no object] British Jump over a rope which is held at both ends by oneself or two other people and turned repeatedly over the head and under the feet, as a game or for exercise: (as noun skipping) training was centred on running and skippingMore example sentences
- Except for the rope skipping, all exercises are the same, so read the form tips in the intermediate workout.
- Twenty minutes of skipping is hard work, so I like to intersperse skipping with endurance exercises.
- Other good bone-building exercises are skipping, aerobics and brisk walking.
- 2.1 [with object] North American Jump over (a rope that is being turned): the younger girls had been skipping ropeMore example sentences
- One girl executes cool maneuvers on her own; but she is also skipping a large rope held by two pairs of pals, one stacked on the other.
- She couldn't skip rope because it wasn't ladylike.
- The people in this school can't skip a rope even if it's lying on the floor.
- 2.2 [with object] Jump lightly over: the children used to skip the puddlesMore example sentences
- He skipped past two tackles to race into the area, but was foiled crucially at the last moment by Paddy Martin, the big Kilglass No.4.
- Of course they must be fit and able to run and skip a tackle but all that stands for nothing if they don't know what to do with ball.
- 3 [with object] Omit (part of a book that one is reading, or a stage in a sequence that one is following): the video manual allows the viewer to skip sections he’s not interested inMore example sentences
- In fact, he nearly skipped the whole book, but for two or three pages at the end.
- Some of the details presented of Jerry's career are skipped over.
- I got out my calculator and my math book and skipped over a song on my CD.
- 3.1 [no object] Move quickly and in an unmethodical way from one point or subject to another: Marian skipped half-heartedly through the bookMore example sentences
- But even as he skips over subjects and themes, Kureishi has always returned to his own life for inspiration.
- Today's post could be accused of being without focus and skipping from one subject to the next.
- Thus, what you get for your hard-earned then is an all too brief account, with highlights that skip too quickly from one sport to the next.
- 4 [with object] Fail to attend or deal with as appropriate; miss: I wanted to skip my English lesson to visit my mother try not to skip breakfastMore example sentences
- Teams of officers are hunting them after they skipped bail and failed to attend court.
- After all, some of them had to have skipped class to attend the sit-in.
- But with all of the food you guys provide us here, it's really no big deal to skip a meal or two.
- 4.1 [no object] (skip it) • informal Abandon an undertaking, conversation, or activity: after several wrong turns in our journey, we almost decided to skip itMore example sentences
- And this just kind of wipes out Congress' intent in law and just skips it.
- Besides, beating myself up isn't working and it doesn't feel good, so I'm skipping it for now.
- I've gotten tickets to SonicFest 2005 tonight but I am contemplating skipping it.
- 4.2 [no object] • informal Run away; disappear: I’m not giving them a chance to skip off againMore example sentences
run off, run away, do a disappearing act, make off, take offBritish • informal do a runner, do a bunk, scarperAustralian • informal go through, shoot through• vulgar slang bugger off
- But as soon as he decides to skip off to another country to make a movie, everyone decides that they actually liked Woody Allen all along.
- So the vacuous Shoreditchers inevitably skip off into the sunset together with that Winkleman terror snapping at their heels.
- Are the Germans really going to skip off into the dusk, like the Italians did, and leave the Spanish to sweep up all the riches Europe has to offer?
- 4.3 • informal Depart quickly and secretly from: she skipped her home amid rumours of a romanceMore example sentences
- It's not even that I secretly skip the horrid hair washing bath night.
- Well he did intend to but couldn't think how to so the thought quickly skipped his mind.
- Once out, he skipped town, missing his court appearance.
- 5 [with object] Throw (a stone) so that it ricochets off the surface of water: they skipped stones across the creekMore example sentences
- Elsa and I greedily drank from the stream while Rowen sat on a bank, and skipped stones across the water.
- The entire play is like skipping stones across the surface of a story - there's no substance.
- Vincent commented as he watched Pearl trying to skip rocks on the water.
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- 1A light, bouncing step; a skipping movement: he moved with a strange, dancing skipMore example sentences
- It was as if everyone in the world had a skip to their step today, and it was contagious, as good moods often are.
- Spend time doing things that put a skip in your step, a grin on your face, some glory in your life story.
- Fall is the season when you come alive, and right now the equinox is putting a frisky skip in your step.
- 2 Computing An act of passing over part of a sequence of data or instructions.More example sentences
- Recording is prone to skips if you use your computer heavily while it's recording.
- You might expect that a PCI-based tuner would deliver smoother video and recordings with fewer skips than an external device.
- You will, however, notice some animation jumps and skips based on certain commands.
Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin.
- 1British A large transportable open-topped container for building and other refuse: I’ve salvaged a carpet from a skipMore example sentences
- The council may be able to assist those involved by providing skips, refuse sacks, gloves and litter pickers.
- Rubbish littered the site, along with burned-out cars and refuse skips, huge piles of Tarmac and garden rubbish and gas cylinders.
- The skip containers will be used mainly for garden refuse and rubbish which does not generally fit in the normal green drums.
- 2A cage or bucket in which men or materials are lowered and raised in mines and quarries.More example sentences
- The excavator was sitting at the top of the hole, so it could lower a skip down for the mini digger to fill, when it toppled over.
- The excavator had been lowering a skip to the bottom of the hole when it tipped over the edge and tumbled down.
- A skip being lowered from a crane was seen to come close to the group of men laying tiles.
- 2.1 variant spelling of skep.
- The captain or director of a side at bowls or curling.More example sentences
- Desert Rats carried on their hundred percent winning streak by beating the Buriram Stompers captained by their new skip Phil.
- Teams of four players termed rinks are led by the skip, as in bowls.
- How often do you see a side holding four or five shots when the opposing skip, with his/her last bowl, draws the shot?
verb (skips, skipping, skipped)[with object] Back to top
- Act as skip of (a side): they lost to another Stranraer team, skipped by Peter WilsonMore example sentences
- Ball's victory in the fours final earlier in the year was also against a side skipped by Lavelle.
- In a section four game yesterday afternoon former Springbok Judy Armist's St Andrew's team battled it out with the Strand team skipped by L Logan.
- Today the Scots play the Swiss Olympic team skipped by Luzia Erbrother.
early 19th century (originally Scots): abbreviation of skipper1.