skip

When you skip, you do a little hop from foot to foot as you move along. It's pretty common to see little kids skip down the sidewalk or across the playground.

While a happy, running hop is one kind of skip, you can also use this verb to mean "pass up" or "pass over." You might arrive late to the movies and skip the trailers at the beginning, or skip the bread basket at a restaurant so you have room for dessert later. The earliest meaning of skip, from the 1300's, is "to spring lightly," from the Old Norse root word skopa.

Definitions of skip
  1. verb
    jump lightly
    synonyms: hop, hop-skip
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    bound, jump, leap, spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  2. verb
    cause to skip over a surface
    Skip a stone across the pond”
    synonyms: skim, skitter
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    type of:
    throw
    propel through the air
  3. verb
    bound off one point after another
    synonyms: bound off
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    type of:
    bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
    spring back; spring away from an impact
  4. verb
    bypass
    “He skipped a row in the text and so the sentence was incomprehensible”
    synonyms: jump, pass over, skip over
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    type of:
    drop, leave out, miss, neglect, omit, overleap, overlook, pretermit
    leave undone or leave out
  5. verb
    leave suddenly
    skip town”
    synonyms: decamp, vamoose
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    type of:
    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  6. verb
    intentionally fail to attend
    synonyms: cut
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    types:
    bunk off, play hooky
    play truant from work or school
    type of:
    miss
    fail to attend an event or activity
  7. noun
    a gait in which steps and hops alternate
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    type of:
    gait
    a person's manner of walking
  8. noun
    a mistake resulting from neglect
    synonyms: omission
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    failure
    an unexpected omission
    dashing hopes, disappointment
    an act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone
    breach
    a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
    copout
    a failure to face some difficulty squarely
    type of:
    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
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