- To skim is to read over something quickly or to glance over something.
An example of skim is when you just take a quick glance at your class notes.
- To skim is to remove things from the surface of a liquid or to take money off the top.
- An example of skim is when you use a net to fish leaves out of the swimming pool.
- An example of skim means that you steal money from the cash register when you are working.
A pool clearner uses a net to skim leaves from a pool.
transitive verbskimmed, skimming
- to clear (a liquid) of floating matter
- to remove (floating matter) from a liquid
- to coat or cover with a thin layer: a pond skimmed with ice
- to look at hastily or carelessly; glance through (a book, etc.) without reading word for word
- to glide or pass swiftly and lightly over
- to throw so as to cause to bounce or ricochet swiftly and lightly: to skim a flat stone across a pond
- Slang to refrain from reporting for tax purposes (a percentage of income, gambling gains, etc.)
Origin of skimMiddle English skimen, probably akin to scum
- to move along swiftly and lightly over a surface, through space, etc.; glide; sail
- to make a rapid or careless examination, as of a book: usually with over or through
- to become thinly coated, as with scum
- something that has been skimmed
- the act of skimming
- a thin coating or film
- that has been skimmed
- designating or of a finishing coat of plaster: skim coat
verbskimmed skimmed, skim·ming, skims
- a. To remove floating matter from (a liquid).b. To remove (floating matter) from a liquid.
- a. To embezzle (money) by taking a small portion on each transaction: corrupt governments skimming money from foreign aid.b. To fail to declare part of (certain income, such as winnings) to avoid tax payment.c. To copy information from (a credit card) as part of a skimming fraud.
- To coat or cover with a thin layer: “the still, shallow water solidly frozen and skimmed with white” (Barbara Hurd).
- a. To throw so as to bounce or slide: skimming stones on the pond.b. To glide or pass quickly and lightly over or along (a surface). See Synonyms at brush1.
- a. To read or glance through (a book, for example) quickly or superficially.b. To glance over quickly; scan: skimmed the crowd for a familiar face.c. To touch lightly or superficially on: a survey course that barely skimmed the surface of Latin American history.
- To move or pass swiftly and lightly over or near a surface; glide.
- To fail to declare certain income to avoid tax payment.
- To give a quick and superficial reading, scrutiny, or consideration; glance: skimmed through the newspaper.
- To become coated with a thin layer.
- The act of skimming.
- Something that has been skimmed.
- A thin layer or film: a skim of ice on the pond.
- The money stolen by skimming from an account or business operation.
Origin of skimMiddle English skimmen, perhaps from Old French escumer, to remove scum, from escume, scum, of Germanic origin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present skims, present participle skimming, simple past and past participle skimmed)
- (intransitive) To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
- To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
- To hasten along with superficial attention.
- To put on a finishing coat of plaster.
- to throw an object so it bounces on water (skimming stones)
- (intransitive) to ricochet
- to read quickly, skipping some detail
- I skimmed the newspaper over breakfast.
- to scrape off; to remove (something) from a surface
- to clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or lying on it, by means of a utensil that passes just beneath the surface.
- to skim milk; to skim broth
- to clear a liquid from (scum or substance floating or lying on it), especially the cream that floats on top of fresh milk
- to skim cream
From Middle English skimmen