skip Definition

  • 1move along lightly, stepping from one foot to the other with a hop or bounce
  • 2omit (part of a sequence) or fail to attend (a meeting or event)
  • 3throw away (something that is no longer wanted)

Using skip: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "skip" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The children were skipping along the sidewalk.

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    I'll have to skip lunch today because I'm too busy.

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    She decided to skip the meeting and work from home instead.

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    He skipped over the boring parts of the book.

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    I need to skip this song on my playlist.

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    We should skip the dessert and go for a walk instead.

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    He skipped town before the police could catch him.

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    She skipped the rope for hours in the park.

skip Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with skip

  • to feel a sudden, usually unpleasant, sensation of surprise, alarm, or excitement


    My heart skipped a beat when I saw the spider crawling towards me.

  • to leave a place suddenly, especially to avoid trouble or to escape from someone


    He skipped town after he found out the police were looking for him.

  • to avoid waiting in a queue or line by going to the front of it


    We were able to skip the line at the amusement park by buying VIP tickets.

Origins of skip

from Old English 'sceacan', meaning 'move quickly'


Summary: skip in Brief

The verb 'skip' [skɪp] has several meanings. It can refer to moving lightly with a hop or bounce, omitting or failing to attend a meeting or event, or throwing away something that is no longer wanted. Examples include 'The children were skipping along the sidewalk,' 'She decided to skip the meeting and work from home instead,' and 'We should skip the dessert and go for a walk instead.' 'Skip' also appears in phrases like 'skip a beat,' meaning to feel a sudden sensation of surprise or excitement, and 'skip town,' meaning to leave a place suddenly to avoid trouble.

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