Skid Definition

skĭd
skidded, skidding, skids
noun
skids
The action of sliding or slipping over a surface, often sideways.
American Heritage
A plank, log, etc., often one of a pair or set, used as a support or as a track upon which to slide or roll a heavy object.
Webster's New World
A low, movable wooden platform for holding loads or stacks.
Webster's New World
A pallet for loading or handling goods, especially one having solid sideboards and no bottom.
American Heritage
One of several logs or timbers forming a skid road.
American Heritage
Advertisement
verb
skidded, skidding, skids
To slide, especially roughly or heavily.
The crate broke loose and skidded across the slanting deck.
American Heritage
To slide without turning, as a wheel when skids or brakes are applied on a slippery surface.
Webster's New World
To slide or slip sideways, as a vehicle when not gripping the road on ice.
Webster's New World
To slide from forward momentum, especially during an attempt to stop.
Braked hard and skidded to a stop.
American Heritage
To haul, roll, or drag (logs) along a special track or trail, as through a forest.
Webster's New World
Advertisement
idiom
be on the skids
  • to be on the decline or downgrade; meet with failure
Webster's New World
put the skids under
  • to thwart or cause to fail
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Skid

Noun

Singular:
skid
Plural:
skids

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Skid

  • be on the skids
  • put the skids under

Origin of Skid

  • Perhaps of Scandinavian origin

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

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to skid using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

skid