—v.i. 1. to move in a light, springy manner by bounding forward with alternate hops on each foot.
2. to pass from one point, thing, subject, etc., to another, disregarding or omitting what intervenes: He skipped through the book quickly. 3. to go away hastily and secretly; flee without notice.
4. Educ.to be advanced two or more classes or grades at once.
5. to ricochet or bounce along a surface: The stone skipped over the lake.
—v.t. 1. to jump lightly over: The horse skipped the fence. 2. to pass over without reading, noting, acting, etc.: He skipped the bad parts. 3. to miss or omit (one of a repeated series of rhythmic actions): My heart skipped a beat. 4. to be absent from; avoid attendance at: to skip a school class. 5. to send (a missile) ricocheting along a surface.
6. Informal.to leave hastily and secretly or to flee from (a place): They skipped town. 7. skip out on,Informal.to flee or abandon; desert: He skipped out on his wife and two children.
—n. 1. a skipping movement; a light jump or bounce.
2. a gait marked by such jumps.
3. a passing from one point or thing to another, with disregard of what intervenes: a quick skip through Europe. 4. Music.a melodic interval greater than a second.
5. a natural depression below the surface of a planed board.
6. Informal.a person who has absconded in order to avoid paying debts or meeting other financial responsibilities.