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



    BrE BrE//skɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪp//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skip
    BrE BrE//skɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪp//
    he / she / it skips
    BrE BrE//skɪps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪps//
    past simple skipped
    BrE BrE//skɪpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪpt//
    past participle skipped
    BrE BrE//skɪpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪpt//
    -ing form skipping
    BrE BrE//ˈskɪpɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɪpɪŋ//
    Position and movement, School life, Access to education
    jump to other results
    move with jumps
  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move forwards lightly and quickly making a little jump with each step She skipped happily along beside me. Lambs were skipping about in the fields. See related entries: Position and movement
  2. jump over rope
  3. 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 feet He skips for about 20 minutes a day. The girls were skipping in the playground. She likes to skip rope as a warm-up.
  4. not do something
  5. 3[transitive] skip something to not do something that you usually do or should do I often skip breakfast altogether. (especially North American English) She decided to skip class that afternoon. See related entries: School life, Access to education
  6. 4[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.
  7. change quickly
  8. 5[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.
  9. leave secretly
  10. 6[transitive] skip something to leave a place secretly or suddenly The bombers skipped the country shortly after the blast.
  11. stones
  12. 7(British English also skim) [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.
  13. Word Originverb Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin.Extra examples Scott practically skipped home, he was so happy. She skipped off to play with her friends. She skipped to the door. What I saw made my heart skip a beat. She decided to skip the afternoon’s class.Idioms (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 Verbsskip offskip out on somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: skip