1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] move along lightly, stepping from one foot to the other with a hop or bounce:she began to skip down the path
2 [no object]British jump over a rope which is held at both ends by oneself or two other people and turned repeatedly over the head and under the feet, as a game or for exercise: (as noun skipping)training was centred on running and skipping
[with object]North American jump over (a rope that is being turned):the younger girls had been skipping rope
[with object] jump lightly over:the children used to skip the puddles
3 [with object] omit (part of a book that one is reading, or a stage in a sequence that one is following):the video manual allows the viewer to skip sections he’s not interested in
[no object] move quickly and in an unmethodical way from one point or subject to another:Marian skipped half-heartedly through the book
4 [with object] fail to attend or deal with as appropriate; miss:I wanted to skip my English lesson to visit my mothertry not to skip breakfast
[no object] (skip it) informal abandon an undertaking, conversation, or activity:after several wrong turns in our journey, we almost decided to skip it
[no object] informal run away; disappear:I’m not giving them a chance to skip off again
informal depart quickly and secretly from:she skipped her home amid rumours of a romance
5 [with object] throw (a stone) so that it ricochets off the surface of water:they skipped stones across the creek
1a light, bouncing step; a skipping movement:he moved with a strange, dancing skip
2 Computing an act of passing over part of a sequence of data or instructions.
3North American informal a person who defaults or absconds.