- skateskate1 [skāt]n.[taken as sing. of earlier skates < Du schaats, a skate, stilt < NormFr escache < OFr eschace, stilt, crutch < Frank * skatja, stilt]1.a) a bladelike metal runner mounted in a frame having clamps and straps for fastening it to the sole of a shoe and used for gliding on iceb) a shoe with such a runner permanently attached: also2. ice skate3. a similar frame or shoe with a pair of small wheels near the toe and another pair at the heel, for gliding on a hardwood floor, sidewalk, etc.: also roller skate4. IN-LINE SKATE5. the act or a period of skatingvi.skated, skatingto move along or glide on or as on skatesskatern.skate2 [skāt]n.pl. skates or skate [ME scate < ON skata]any ray fish (esp. order Rajiformes): often used as the name for the larger commercial speciesskate3 [skāt]n.[< ?] [Old Slang] Slang former☆ 1. a broken-down horse; nag2. a person: now only in good skate, a congenial, likable person
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.