Share this entry

scoot Line breaks: scoot

Definition of scoot in English:

verb

[no object] informal
Go or leave somewhere quickly: they scooted off on their bikes
More example sentences
  • Amy walked towards the restroom, quickly scooting out of people's ways.
  • Lydia scooted away quickly and tried not to blush when he opened his eyes and looked around for her.
  • He's squatting on his haunches, scooting along and slowing his descent by holding to the plants.
Synonyms
scuttle, scurry, scamper, skip, skitter, trot;
British scutter
informal tear, pelt, zip, belt, beetle
archaic post, hie
rare skirr

Phrases

go (or get) on the scoot

1
Australian /NZ informal Go on a heavy drinking session: they enjoyed the fun and games and went on the scoot
More example sentences
  • They always gave warning of his arrival in Perth, after which they both went on the scoot together.
  • One man trained hard for his tax rebate, then went on the scoot and had a coronary before he got his refund.
  • Some forty or fifty men took leave to go on the scoot.

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with scoot

acute, argute, astute, beaut, Beirut, boot, bruit, brut, brute, Bute, butte, Canute, cheroot, chute, commute, compute, confute, coot, cute, depute, dilute, dispute, flute, galoot, hoot, impute, jute, loot, lute, minute, moot, newt, outshoot, permute, pollute, pursuit, recruit, refute, repute, route, salute, Salyut, shoot, Shute, sloot, snoot, subacute, suit, telecommute, Tonton Macoute, toot, transmute, undershoot, uproot, Ute, volute

Definition of scoot in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources