General English


  • noun the atmosphere and outer space as seen from the earth


  • verb to hit the ball high into the air, especially so as to offer the fielding side a catch; ‘loft’ the ball
    Citation ‘Two runs later Hookes was out when he tried to pull Cowans and skied the ball towards mid-wicket where Willis … judged the catch beautifully’ (Henry Blofeld, Cricketer February 1983)
    Citation ‘What would they say if such an ambitious stroke ended with a tame, skied catch to cover?’ (Vic Marks, Observer 13 August 2006)


  • noun the area above the Earth which is blue during the day, and where the moon and stars appear at night

Origin & History of “sky”

Our Anglo-Saxon ancestors called the sky heofon ‘heaven’. Not until the early middle English period did heaven begin to be pushed aside by sky, a borrowing from Old Norse ský ‘cloud’. this came ultimately from an Indo-European base meaning ‘cover’, which also produced Latin obscūrus, source of English obscure (14th c.). (For a while English continued to use sky for ‘cloud’ as well as for ‘sky’: the medieval Scots poet William Dunbar wrote, ‘When sable all the heaven arrays with misty vapours, clouds, and skies’.).