Skim Definition

skĭm
skimmed, skimming, skims
verb
skimmed, skimming, skims
To remove (floating matter) from a liquid.
Webster's New World
To clear (a liquid) of floating matter.
Webster's New World
To make a rapid or careless examination, as of a book.
Webster's New World
To embezzle (money) by taking a small portion on each transaction.
Corrupt governments skimming money from foreign aid.
American Heritage
To fail to declare part of (certain income, such as winnings) to avoid tax payment.
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noun
skims
The act of skimming.
Webster's New World
Something that has been skimmed.
Webster's New World
A thin coating or film.
Webster's New World
The money stolen by skimming from an account or business operation.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
adjective
That has been skimmed.
Webster's New World
Designating or of a thin coat that serves as a final or leveling coat.
Webster's New World

(of milk) Having lowered fat content.

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Origin of Skim

  • Middle English skimmen perhaps from Old French escumer to remove scum from escume scum of Germanic origin (s)keu- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English skimmen

    From Wiktionary

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