Meaning of skite in English:


Pronunciation /skʌɪt/


[no object] informal
  • 1Australian, New Zealand Boast.

    • ‘she did it just so that she could skite about it’
    • ‘But having skited, it could hardly expect the hoi polloi to discern between true cash and pre-spent cash, or between capital and other spending commitments.’
    • ‘And to this day he can skite to one and all that he finished within three minutes of the qualifying time plus an hour!’
    • ‘The Government is out there saying how wonderful it is, skiting about its massive surplus of $5.6 billion.’
    • ‘It's easy to fall into the terrible sin of skiting.’
    • ‘Most of the authors did not write their poems with the aim of skiting about the town.’
    boast, brag, trumpet, show off, bluster, swagger, swank, gloat, be smug, congratulate oneself, preen oneself, pride oneself, pat oneself on the back, sing one's own praises
  • 2with adverbial of direction Move quickly and forcefully, especially when glancing off a surface.

    • ‘rain skited off her coat’
    • ‘Forfeiting the opportunity to send in a high ball for the heads of the giant defenders, he instead skited it across the greasy deck.’
    • ‘A slight deflection from the toe of Jackie McNamara skited the ball beyond the keeper's reach.’
    • ‘Show-off teenage boys with their own skates sped about the rink, skidding and skiting between more unsteady punters.’
    • ‘Nilah scowled through her glasses at the pools of blue skiting back and forth across her face, trying to understand the sudden change of attitude in her.’
    speed, race, sail, streak, shoot, sweep, skim, whip, whizz, whoosh, buzz, zoom, flash, blast, career


  • 1Australian, New Zealand informal, derogatory A boaster.

    • ‘So I slunk back to National where there is less talk of skites and bludgers.’
    • ‘If you don't get a handle on that insufferable smugness of yours, you'll grow up to be just like that name-dropping skite on the radio.’
    self-seeker, egocentric, egomaniac, self admirer, narcissist


    Mid 19th century from Scots and northern English dialect, denoting a person regarded with contempt; compare with blatherskite.

    1. 1.1 informal mass noun Boasting; boastfulness.
      • ‘He was just a two-bit fighter with a lot of skite and a nasty streak to boot.’
      • ‘He is full of skite.’
      • ‘The boasting of my army was nothing but skite.’
      • ‘If Sydneyites had a city as fine on their harbour their skite would waken the world.’
      • ‘It felt good to have a skite.’
      boldness, bold manner, swagger, swaggering, bluster, swashbuckling
  • 2Scottish informal A period of heavy drinking.

    • ‘he only drank brandy when he was on a skite’
    drinking bout, binge


Early 18th century (in skite (sense 2 of the verb)): perhaps of Old Norse origin; compare with skit.