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skit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n skit a short theatrical episode
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Skit A reflection; a jeer or gibe; a sally; a brief satire; a squib. "A similar vein satire upon the emptiness of writers is given in his “Tritical Essay upon the Faculties of the Human Mind;” but that is a mere skit compared with this strange performance."
    • Skit A short theatrical presentation, often comical or satirical. Comical skits are sometimes presented by amateur or ad hoc groups at parties, dinners, or other social gatherings.
    • Skit A wanton girl; a light wench.
    • v. t Skit To cast reflections on; to asperse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • skit To leap aside; fly off at a tangent; go off suddenly.
    • skit To flounce; caper like a skittish horse.
    • skit To slide.
    • n skit A light, wanton wench.
    • n skit A scud of rain.
    • n skit A satirical or sarcastic attack; a lampoon; a pasquinade; a squib; also, a short essay or treatise; a pamphlet; a brochure; a literary trifle, especially one of a satirical or sarcastic nature.
    • n skit Banter; jeer.
    • skit To cast reflections on; asperse, Grose.
    • n skit The skitty, a rail or crake. See skitty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Skit skit any sarcastic squib, lampoon, or pamphlet.
    • vs.i Skit to leap aside: to caper
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. skit,to slide, as adj., hasty, precipitate, of Scand. origin, and akin to E. shoot, v.t.; cf. Icel. skyti, skytja, skytta, a marksman, shooter, skjōta, to shoot, skūta, a taunt. √159. See Shoot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. skutta, to leap, skjuta, to shoot.

Usage

In literature:

She wrote a poetical skit to commemorate the incident, which created great amusement among her friends.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
This skit of Dennison's really settled me for a time, but I did stir up one or two men whom I had never expected to do anything.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
My skit, it is needless to add, was very popular with the postmen.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
And yet it was at this very time that he wrote the following humorous skit, never before in print.
"Whittier-land" by Samuel T. Pickard
I think his portrait is very vigorous, and not in the least a skit, whatever he may say.
"General Bramble" by André Maurois
He wrote skits on Oxford subjects from time to time.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
The idea of the skit was to show the trouble Mr. Grau had in managing his company of stars.
"Geraldine Farrar" by Geraldine Farrar
When I was seventeen, I did a skit on a little book called 'How to Live on Sixpence a Day.
"My First Book:" by Various
An amusing skit on modern books of travel.
"An Engagement of Convenience" by Louis Zangwill
They put in a lot of skits of the college dons.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
Twenty skits, presenting people with their foibles.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
He asked me about putting that skit in the book.
"The Letters of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Andy attempted some volplane skits that were fairly hair-raising.
"Airship Andy" by Frank V. Webster
Twenty skits, presenting people with their foibles.
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Oh, Nathalie, did I tell you I wrote a little skit and sold it to 'Life' for fifty dollars?
"Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer" by Rena I. Halsey
The piece is generally accepted as a good skit on the House.
"Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift" by Jonathan Swift and J. Bowles (John Bowles) Daly
He was always the King Pin among us, whether it was football, or writing skits, or drumming the piano.
"Mavis of Green Hill" by Faith Baldwin
Skits break neither bones nor thrones.
"Lola Montez" by Edmund B. d'Auvergne
Others consider the name to be a seventeenth century skit on the gigantic height of the hills.
"Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely" by Edward Conybeare
This skit followed "The Biography of Mr. Liston" (page 292) which was printed in the preceding month's issue.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
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In poetry:

You throw yourself, despairing, on your narrow little bed,
Or pace the room till someone starts with ‘Skit! cat!—skit!’
And then lie blindly staring at the plaster overhead—
You are hit, old man—hard hit.
"Rejected" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Hizzoner became a song and dance man Saturday night during the 90th annual Inner Circle charity dinner, when the city's press corps skewers politicians in various skits.
Sammy Morris, a 12-year NFL veteran and former running back for the New England Patriots, has a new role -- skit actor.
Lindsay could be seen reading cue cards in almost every skit.
Banks and Hines want all profits gained from the skits, plus attorney's fees, unspecified additional damages, and interest.
Group Holds Mountion Top Removal Sit-In Skit .
What was your favorite skit .
I didn't have much of an inspiration for this skit .
REVIEWS Dungen, ' Skit I Allt.
Here is a great skit done by the professionals at Saturday Night Live.
Betty White's Favorite Late Night Skit .
Actress Betty White describes performing a favorite skit with Johnny Carson and what happens when everything goes wrong on live television.
Carver Elementary School students with a Halloween-themed skit Wednesday as part of their community service project.
20 Instant Puppet Skits for Children's Ministry.
Matlin upset with 'SNL' skit .
With Christmas right around the corner, I was reminded of what I think is one of the funniest skits ever.
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