Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

skip - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb skip pronunciation in American English /skɪp/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyskip
he/she/itskips
present participleskipping
past tenseskipped
past participleskipped
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move forward by jumping first on one foot and then the other
    Julie skipped down the sidewalk.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [transitive] to jump over a rope that you or two other people swing above your head and then under your feet
      The three girls were out in the courtyard skipping rope.
      Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    [transitive] to avoid doing or having something
    It’s not a good idea to skip breakfast.
    I think I’ll skip school today and catch up on my sleep.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to not do something, but to do the next thing instead
      I skipped a grade in school so I’m graduating a year early.
      skip to: Let’s skip to the final item of business.
      skip over: You can skip over the next few pages and go on to chapter two.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to move quickly from one place or thing to another
    She’s been skipping around the country for weeks now.
    They kept skipping from one topic to another.
    Synonyms and related words
  4. 4
    [transitive] American to throw a flat stone across water so that it touches the surface several times
    Synonyms and related words

phrases

phrasal verbs

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

animated

lively or active

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog