- a long, thin runner of wood, metal, or now usually fiberglass, that is fastened to a kind of boot (ski boot) and used in pairs to glide over snow
- water ski
Origin of skiNorwegian ; from Old Norse skith, snowshoe, strip of wood, akin to Old English scid, Old High German scit, thin piece of wood, shingle ; from Indo-European base an unverified form skei- from source sheath
- to travel on skis by gliding over the snow
- to engage in the sport of gliding down snow-covered inclines on skis
nounpl. skis skis
- a. One of a pair of long flat runners of plastic, metal, or wood that curve upward in front and may be attached to a boot for gliding or traveling over snow.b. A water ski.
- Something that is used as a runner on a vehicle: a helicopter with skis for landing on snow and ice.
verbskied skied, ski·ing, skis skis
Origin of skiNorwegian, from Old Norse skīdh, stick, snowshoe; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
- One of a pair of long flat runners designed for gliding over snow.
(third-person singular simple present skis or skies, present participle skiing, simple past and past participle skied)
- (intransitive) To move on skis.
- To travel over (a slope etc.) on skis; travel on skis at (a place), especially as a sport.
From Norwegian ski, related to Old Norse skÃÃ° (“stick of wood, snowshoe"), from Proto-Germanic *skÄ«dÄ… (“stick"), from Proto-Indo-European root *skei- (“to cut, split") (see also shed). Cognate with Old English scid (“stick of wood") (obsolete English shide), Old High German skit (Modern German Scheit (“log")).
(plural -skis or -skies)
- (informal, humorous) Added to a word, name, or phrase to invoke Russianness.