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<!-- verb and noun surely have different etyms, no? -->
Actually, the verb sense derives from Old French usage, where it could mean 'side of a hill' (indeed, I believe it could mean similar things in archaic English, but I'm not sure). Thence came the idea of 'coasting down the side of a hill'. I don't know if you want to add that to the etymology or not. --Wytukaze 00:30, 8 May 2005 (UTC)
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