Skitter Definition

skĭtər
skittered, skittering, skitters
verb
skittered, skittering, skitters
To skip, scamper, or move along quickly and lightly.
Webster's New World
To cause to skitter.
Webster's New World
To draw a fish lure over the water with a skipping motion.
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(intransitive) To move hurriedly or as by twitching or bouncing.

I opened the cabinet and hundreds of cockroaches went skittering off into the darkness.
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(intransitive) To make a skittering noise.

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noun
A skittering movement.
A skitter of activity.
A skitter of gooseflesh.
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Origin of Skitter

  • Probably frequentative of dialectal skite to run rapidly perhaps of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skjōta to shoot shoot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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