skipjack

Definitions

  • A Skipjack
    A Skipjack
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n skipjack able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound
    • n skipjack medium-sized tuna-like food fish of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters; less valued than tuna
    • n skipjack oceanic schooling tuna of considerable value in Pacific but less in Atlantic; reaches 75 pounds; very similar to if not the same as oceanic bonito
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Skipjack (Zoöl) A name given to several kinds of a fish, as the common bluefish, the alewife, the bonito, the butterfish, the cutlass fish, the jurel, the leather jacket, the runner, the saurel, the saury, the threadfish, etc.
    • Skipjack (Naut) A shallow sailboat with a rectilinear or V-shaped cross section.
    • Skipjack (Zoöl) An elater; a snap bug, or snapping beetle.
    • Skipjack An upstart. "The swaggering upspring ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skipjack A shallow, impertinent fellow; an insignificant fop; a puppy.
    • n skipjack Formerly, a youth who rode horses up and down, showing them off with a view to sale.
    • n skipjack The merrythought of a fowl made into a little toy by a twisted thread and a small piece of stick. A similar skipjack is oftener made of the breastbone of a goose or duck, across the costal processes of which is twisted a piece of twine with a little stick, the latter being stuck at the other end with a bit of shoemaker's wax. As the adhesion of the stick to the wax suddenly gives way, under the continued tension of the twisted string, the toy skips into the air, or turns a somersault. Also called jumping-jack.
    • n skipjack In ichthyology, one of several different fishes which dart through and sometimes skip out of the water. The bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix. See cut under bluefish.
    • n skipjack In entomology, a click-beetle or snapping-beetle; an elater; any member of the Elateridæ. See cut under click-beetle.
    • n skipjack A form of boat used on the Florida coast, built very flat, with little or no sheer, and with chubby bows.
    • n skipjack Pomolobus chrysochloris, of the family Clupeidæ, a herring found land-locked in the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Skipjack an impudent fellow: the blue-fish, saurel, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Either Celt., according to Skeat, from Ir. sgiob, to snatch, Gael. sgiab, to move suddenly, W. ysgipio, to snatch away; or Teut., conn. with Ice. skopa, to run.

Usage

In literature:

Eh, skipjack, there was a fine music to thy dancing.
"The Story of a Mine" by Bret Harte
Names won't sometimes, and there's a formality in Lucas that would never fit that skipjack of a boy.
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Oh, yes, to be sure, he is nothing but a skipjack such as one makes out of a chicken bone!
"A Reputed Changeling" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Then the new moon showed as a silver fish, balancing on its tail and arching itself like a hooked skipjack.
"Roughing it De Luxe" by Irvin S. Cobb
The Skipjack stood a long time considering; at last people thought that he could not jump at all.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Here, Skipjack, run to Dr. Pine as fast as you can, and fetch me one.
"Harper's Young People, February 3, 1880" by Various
Pull the stick right over to stick on the wax, and lay the skipjack, stick downward, on the ground.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Skipjacks go jumping about on my paper, clicking like little watches; the very clowns of insect-life are these.
"In Touch with Nature" by Gordon Stables
Skipjacks go jumping about on my paper, clicking like little watches; the very clowns of insect-life are these.
"In Touch with Nature" by Gordon Stables
Rather interested in a young Skipjack, whom I see occasionally; he is quite good-looking, in a common sort of way.
"Puppets at Large" by F. Anstey
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In news:

Monday night chumming was excellent for choppers to 16 pounds, and those blues were joined by little tunny and skipjacks today.
Eight years ago, Skipjackintroduced its 26 Fly Bridge , which Mark McAnlis, Skipjack's Vice-Presidentof Sales and Marketing, calls "the best trailerable boatin the 20- to 30-foot range - period".
In all, it's estimated that about 2,000 skipjacks were made, designed to navigate the bay's shallow waters where oyster reefs lie, according to the National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program.
This is rather odd, seeingas how over 4,000 Skipjacks have been built since the companywas founded 33 years ago by Jack Cole.
Eight years ago, Skipjackintroduced its 26 Fly Bridge, which Mark McAnlis, Skipjack 's Vice-Presidentof Sales and Marketing, calls "the best trailerable boatin the 20- to 30-foot range - period".
Plan proposed to limit number of skipjack herring that can be caught.
Skipjack herring are one of the most popular fish to eat in Tennessee … if you're another fish.
A superb start to the summer season has seen glassy seas and acres of Yellowfin and skipjack tuna smashing bait balls as far as the eye can see.
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