- to skip, scamper, or move along quickly and lightly
- to draw a fish lure over the water with a skipping motion
Origin of skitterfrequentative of dialect, dialectal skite, to dart about from Scand, akin to shoot
to cause to skitter
verbskit·tered, skit·ter·ing, skit·ters
- 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.
To cause to skitter.
Origin of skitterProbably frequentative of dialectal skite to run rapidly perhaps of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skjōta to shoot ; see shoot .
(third-person singular simple present skitters, present participle skittering, simple past and past participle skittered)
- A skittering movement.
- A skitter of activity.
- A skitter of gooseflesh.