Meaning of skimming in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskɪmɪŋ/


  • 1The removal of a substance from the surface of a liquid.

    • ‘he recommended frequent skimming of the downwind sides of the ponds’
    1. 1.1 informal The action of stealing or embezzling money, especially in small amounts over a period of time.
      • ‘every business owner he knows who has cash receipts does a little skimming’
    2. 1.2The action of fraudulently copying credit or debit card details with a card swipe or other device.
      • ‘although the incidence of card skimming is low, you should observe precautions’
  • 2The action of reading something quickly so as to note only the important points.

    • ‘in my skimming, I missed that’