Shoot Definition

sho͝ot
shooting, shoots, shot
verb
shooting, shoots, shot
To move swiftly over, by, across, etc.
To shoot the rapids in a canoe.
Webster's New World
To remove or destroy by firing or projecting a missile.
Shot out the window.
American Heritage
To make move with great speed or sudden force.
To shoot an elevator upward.
Webster's New World
To grow or sprout, esp. rapidly.
Webster's New World
To discharge (a weapon).
American Heritage
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noun
shoots
The young growth arising from a germinating seed; a sprout.
American Heritage
Action or motion like that of something shot, as of water from a hose.
Webster's New World
The act of shooting.
Webster's New World
The aboveground part of a vascular plant.
American Heritage
The action of growing or sprouting.
Webster's New World
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interjection
Used to tell a person to begin talking.
Now I'm ready—shoot!
Webster's New World
Used to express anger, disgust, disappointment, etc.
Webster's New World
idiom
shoot from the hip
  • To act or speak on a matter without forethought.
American Heritage
shoot off (one's) mouth
  • To speak indiscreetly.
  • To brag; boast.
American Heritage
shoot (one's) bolt
  • To do all within one's power; exhaust all of one's resources or capabilities.
American Heritage
shoot (one's) wad
  • To ejaculate.
American Heritage
shoot (oneself) in the foot
  • To do or say something that inadvertently undermines one's interests.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Shoot

Noun

Singular:
shoot
Plural:
shoots

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Shoot

Origin of Shoot

  • From Middle English shoten, from Old English scÄ“otan, from Proto-Germanic *skeutanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keud-. Cognate with West Frisian sjitte, Low German scheten, Dutch schieten, German schießen, Danish skyde, Swedish skjuta; and also, through Indo-European, with Russian кидать (kidát'), Albanian hedh (“to throw, toss") and Lithuanian skudrùs.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English shoten from Old English scēotan skeud- in Indo-European roots Interj., alteration of shit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • minced oath for shit

    From Wiktionary

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