skit 1570s, "a vain, frivolous, or wanton girl" (originally Scottish, now archaic), related to verb meaning "to shy or be skittish," perhaps from O.N. skjuta "to shoot" (see SKITTISH (Cf. skittish)). Sense shifted to "a satirical remark or reflection" (1727), then "a piece of light satire or caricature" (1820).

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  • skit — skit·swish; skit·ta·get; skit·ta·getan; skit·tery; skit·tish; skit·tler; skit; skit·ter; skit·tle; skit·er; skit·tish·ly; skit·tish·ness; …   English syllables

  • Skit — Skit, n. 1. A reflection; a jeer or gibe; a sally; a brief satire; a squib. Tooke. [1913 Webster] A similar vein satire upon the emptiness of writers is given in his Tritical Essay upon the Faculties of the Human Mind; but that is a mere skit… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skit — may refer to:*Sketch comedy *Hip hop skit *Puppet skit See also *Skete …   Wikipedia

  • Skit — Skit, v. t. [Prov. E. skitto slide, as adj., hasty, precipitate, of Scand. origin, and akin to E. shoot, v.t.; cf. Icel. skyti, skytja, skytta, a marksman, shooter, skj[=o]ta to shoot, sk[=u]ta a taunt. [root]159. See {Shoot}.] To cast… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skit — [skıt] n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language] a short humorous performance or piece of writing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • skit — [ skıt ] noun count a short humorous performance or piece of writing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • skit — /skɪt / (say skit) noun 1. a slight parody, satire, or caricature, especially dramatic or literary. 2. a short satirical play. {Middle English: harlot; compare dialect skite move fast. See skitter} …   Australian English dictionary

  • skit — ► NOUN ▪ a short comedy sketch or piece of humorous writing, especially a parody. ORIGIN related to archaic skit «move lightly and rapidly» …   English terms dictionary

  • skit — [skit] n. [< dial., v., to be skittish, taunt, prob. < Scand var. of ON skjōta, SHOOT] 1. Now Rare a taunt; gibe 2. a short piece of satirical or humorous writing 3. a short, comic theatrical sketch …   English World dictionary

  • skit — /skit/, n. 1. a short literary piece of a humorous or satirical character. 2. a short theatrical sketch or act, usually comical. 3. a gibe or taunt. 4. Brit. Dial. a joke or prank. [1565 75; of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium

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