- 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 of skitterfrequentative of dialect, dialectal skite, to dart about ; from Scandinavian akin to shoot
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.
Origin of skitterProbably frequentative of dialectal skite, to run rapidly, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to 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.