|Origin:||Perhaps from a Scandinavian language|
skip1 past tense and past participle skipped, present participle skipping
to not do something that you usually do or that you should do [= miss]:
not do something[transitive] informal
She skipped lunch in order to go shopping.
Williams skipped the game to be with his wife in the hospital.
skip school/class especially American English
He skipped chemistry class three times last month.
to not read, mention, or deal with something that would normally come or happen next:
not deal with something[intransitive and transitive]
I decided to skip the first chapter.
Let's skip to the last item on the agenda.
I suggest we skip over the details and get to the point.
to go from one subject to another in no fixed order
change subjects[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
It's difficult to have a conversation with her because she skips from one topic to another.
to move forward with quick steps and jumps
skip across/along etc
He turned and skipped away, singing happily to himself.
to jump over a rope as you swing it over your head and under your feet, as a game or for exercise [= jump rope American English]
jump over a rope[intransitive]DGO
to leave a place suddenly and secretly, especially to avoid being punished or paying debts:
Then they found that Zaffuto had already skipped town.
7 spoken informal especially American English
used to say angrily and rudely that you do not want to talk about something:
'Sorry, what were you saying?' 'Oh, skip it!'
8 American English
to throw smooth, flat stones into a lake, river etc in a way that makes them jump across the surface [= skim British English]
if a ball or something similar skips off a surface, it quickly moves away from that surface after hitting it - used especially in news reports
ball[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
The ball skipped off Bonds' glove and bounced toward the fence.
to start a new school year in a class that is one year ahead of the class you would normally enter
➔ somebody's heart skips a beatat heart
skip offphrasal verb
He skipped off without paying.
skip off on American English
Tenants who skip out on utility bills are the focus of a new law.
Joel skipped out on his wife when she was 8 months pregnant.