Definition of skipjack in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskipˌjak/


1 (also skipjack tuna) A small tuna with dark horizontal stripes, widely distributed throughout tropical and temperate seas. Also called bonito or ocean bonito.
  • Katsuwonus (or Euthynnus) pelamis, family Scombridae
Example sentences
  • About 80 percent of exports consist of frozen, dried, and salted skipjack tuna; canned fish; dried shark fins; and fish meal.
  • Skipjack is said to be very healthy and robust, and skipjack tuna is targeted mainly by the long line and the purse seine fishery.
  • There, the commercial fishermen patiently wait every year for the annual migrations of albacore, skipjack, yellowfin, big-eye and bluefin.
2 another term for click beetle.
3A sloop-rigged sailboat with vertical sides and a flat V-shaped bottom, used chiefly on the east coast of the US.
Example sentences
  • Their motor-less sailing boats are called skipjacks, and are allowed to fish for oysters freely.
  • The backyard slopes down to a cold blue finger of Puget Sound, where Miller keeps his favorite toys - a skipjack, two kayaks, and a 47-foot yacht.
  • In the winter, many of the local watermen use hydraulic tongs to catch oysters, and a few skipjack boats continue to work out of Wenona harbor.


Early 18th century: from the verb skip1 + jack1. sense 1 is from the fish's habit of jumping out of the water; sense 2 and sense 3 arose in the 19th century.

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