Definition of skip verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


; skɪp
skipping, skipped

move with jumps

1 [intransitive] (+ adverb/preposition) to move forwards lightly and quickly making a little jump with each stepShe skipped happily along beside me.Lambs were skipping about in the fields.

jump over rope

2 [intransitive] (British English) (North American English jump rope, skip rope) [transitive] to jump over a rope which is held at both ends by yourself or by two other people and is passed again and again over your head and under your feetHe skips for about 20 minutes a day.The girls were skipping in the playground.She likes to skip rope as a warm-up.

not do something

3 [transitive] skip something to not do something that you usually do or should doI often skip breakfast altogether. (especially North American English) She decided to skip class that afternoon.4 [transitive, intransitive] to leave out something that would normally be the next thing that you would do, read, etcskip 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.

change quickly

5 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition to move from one place to another or from one subject to another very quicklyShe kept skipping from one topic of conversation to another.

leave secretly

6 [transitive] skip something to leave a place secretly or suddenlyThe bombers skipped the country shortly after the blast.


7 (British English also skim) [transitive] skip something (across, over, etc. something) to make a flat stone jump across the surface of waterThe boys were skipping stones across the pond.

skip it

(informal) used to tell somebody rudely that you do not want to talk about something or repeat what you have said‘What were you saying?’ ‘Oh, skip it!’
Phrasal verbs

skip off/out

to leave secretly or suddenly

skip out on somebody

(North American English) to leave somebody, especially when they need youOne day he just skipped out on his wife, leaving her with four kids to take care of.