American English

Definition of skip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skip
    he / she / it skips
    past simple skipped
    -ing form skipping
    jump to other results
    move with jumps
  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move forward lightly and quickly making a little jump with each step She skipped happily along beside me. Lambs were skipping about in the fields.
  2. not do something
  3. 2[transitive] skip something to not do something that you usually do or should do I often skip breakfast altogether. She decided to skip the afternoon class.
  4. 3[transitive, intransitive] to leave out something that would normally be the next thing that you would do, read, etc. skip something You can skip the next chapter if you have covered the topic in class. skip over something I skipped over the last part of the book. skip to something I suggest we skip to the last item on the agenda.
  5. change quickly
  6. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move from one place to another or from one subject to another very quickly She kept skipping from one topic of conversation to another.
  7. leave secretly
  8. 5[transitive] skip something to leave a place secretly or suddenly The bombers skipped the country shortly after the blast.
  9. stones
  10. 6[transitive] skip something (across, over, etc. something) to make a flat stone jump across the surface of water The boys were skipping stones across the pond.
  11. Idioms
    somebody's heart skips a beat
    jump to other results
    used to say that someone has a sudden feeling of fear, excitement, etc. My heart skipped a beat when I saw who it was.
    jump/skip bail
    jump to other results
    to not appear at your trial after you have paid bail
    jump/skip rope
    jump to other results
    to jump over a rope that is held at both ends by you or by two other people and is passed again and again over your head and under your feet She likes to jump rope as a warm-up. see also jump rope
    skip it (informal)
    jump to other results
    used to tell someone rudely that you do not want to talk about something or repeat what you have said “What were you saying?” “Oh, skip it!”
    Phrasal Verbsskip off/outskip out on somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: skip