Etymology
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skeet (n.)

form of trap-shooting involving varying angles, 1926, a name chosen from public submissions to National Sportsman as "a very old form of our present word 'shoot.' " Perhaps Old Norse skotja "to shoot" (see shoot (v.)) was intended.

In a list of "Some Peculiarities of Speech in Mississippi," [H.A. Shands, 1893] is an entry for skeet: "Illiterate whites use this word to mean to move swiftly to flee to run and also to skate and from this last it is probably derived."

The game of "Skeet" was developed by a group of enthusiastic trap-shooters who were dissatisfied with the target methods employed at various trap-shooting clubs and who desired to work out a system that would reproduce more closely actual field shooting conditions. How well they have succeeded is evidenced by the popularity that has already been accorded the new game. [Forest and Stream, October 1926]


updated on December 06, 2022

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