- to skip, scamper, or move along quickly and lightly, esp. over water
- ☆ to draw a fish lure over the water with a skipping motion
Origin: freq. of dialect, dialectal skite, to dart about from Scand, akin to shoot
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verb skit·tered, skit·ter·ing, skit·ters verb, intransitive
- To move rapidly along a surface, usually with frequent light contacts or changes of direction; skip or glide quickly: lizards that skitter away when approached.
- To fish by drawing a lure or baited hook over the surface of the water with a skipping movement.
Origin: Probably frequentative of dialectal skite, to run rapidly, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skjōta, to shoot; see shoot.