Etymology
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skip (v.)

c. 1300, "to spring lightly," also "to jump over," probably from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse skopa "to take a run," Middle Swedish skuppa "to skip, leap," from Proto-Germanic *skupan (source also of Middle Swedish skuppa, dialectal Swedish skopa "to skip, leap"). Related: Skipped; skipping.

Meaning "omit intervening parts" first recorded late 14c. Meaning "fail to attend" is from 1905. Meaning "to cause to skip or bound" is from 1680s. The custom of skipping rope has been traced to 17c.; it was commonly done by boys as well as girls until late 19c.

skip (n.1)

"a spring, a bound," early 15c., from skip (v.). Meaning "a passing over or disregarding" is from 1650s.

skip (n.2)

short for skipper (n.1), 1830, originally in sports jargon (curling).

updated on April 06, 2014

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Definitions of skip from WordNet
1
skip (v.)
bypass;
He skipped a row in the text and so the sentence was incomprehensible
Synonyms: jump / pass over / skip over
skip (v.)
intentionally fail to attend;
Synonyms: cut
skip (v.)
jump lightly;
Synonyms: hop / hop-skip
skip (v.)
leave suddenly;
skip town
Synonyms: decamp / vamoose
skip (v.)
bound off one point after another;
Synonyms: bound off
skip (v.)
cause to skip over a surface;
Synonyms: skim / skitter
2
skip (n.)
a gait in which steps and hops alternate;
skip (n.)
a mistake resulting from neglect;
Synonyms: omission
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