Definition of skipjack in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskipˌjak/ /ˈskɪpˌdʒæk/


  • 1

    (also skipjack tuna)
    A small tuna with dark horizontal stripes, widely distributed throughout tropical and temperate seas.
    Also called bonito or ocean bonito

    Katsuwonus or 'Euthynnus' pelamis, family Scombridae

    ‘About 80 percent of exports consist of frozen, dried, and salted skipjack tuna; canned fish; dried shark fins; and fish meal.’
    • ‘Skipjack is said to be very healthy and robust, and skipjack tuna is targeted mainly by the long line and the purse seine fishery.’
    • ‘There, the commercial fishermen patiently wait every year for the annual migrations of albacore, skipjack, yellowfin, big-eye and bluefin.’
    • ‘It says bigeye tuna is slow-growing and more vulnerable to exploitation than skipjack and yellowfin tuna.’
    • ‘Larger fish life includes moray eels, skipjacks, lobster, napoleons, barracuda, turtles, tuna and sharks, especially the grey reef variety.’
    • ‘Furthermore, there is evidence for spontaneous thrombus formation in skipjack and yellowfin tunas, as well as in milkfish.’
    • ‘Spanish mackerel, pompano, bluefish, skipjacks and - yes - speckled trout are among the flashy vanguards of summer.’
    • ‘We boxed several Spanish mackerel and speckled trout, plus sheepshead, skipjacks, whiting, sand trout and one small flounder.’
    • ‘Coloration is generally similar to that of the skipjack herring, Alosa chrysochloris.’
    • ‘This outfit is also ideal for school bonito, skipjack, average sized dorado, roosterfish and needlefish.’
    • ‘However, most of the tuna consumed in the UK has brown flesh and tends to be the skipjack or yellowfin varieties.’
    • ‘Also, canned tuna is often composed of smaller species of tuna, such as albacore and skipjack, both of which have lower levels of mercury.’
    • ‘They also caught a couple of large kingfish and many skipjack.’
    • ‘Back in the Edo period there was a fashion for eating the first skipjack of the season.’
    • ‘Similarly, drying skipjack (a small Pacific fish in the tuna family) or shiitake mushrooms substantially increases their existing umami levels.’
    • ‘However, I should have been able to catch fish on a fly, because we caught many little skipjack on small white lures, trolled.’
  • 2

    another term for click beetle

  • 3A sloop-rigged sailboat with vertical sides and a flat V-shaped bottom, used chiefly on the east coast of the US.

    ‘Their motor-less sailing boats are called skipjacks, and are allowed to fish for oysters freely.’
    • ‘The backyard slopes down to a cold blue finger of Puget Sound, where Miller keeps his favorite toys - a skipjack, two kayaks, and a 47-foot yacht.’
    • ‘In the winter, many of the local watermen use hydraulic tongs to catch oysters, and a few skipjack boats continue to work out of Wenona harbor.’
    • ‘Covered in black coral trees and full of marine life like skipjack and lionfish, the ship is another easy wreck.’
    • ‘Cruise open water on an authentic skipjack, and explore tidal inlets by canoe or kayak.’


Early 18th century from the verb skip+ jack. skipjack (sense 1) is from the fish's habit of jumping out of the water; skipjack (sense 2, arose in the 19th century.