Skitter meaning

skĭtər
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.

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To fish by drawing a lure or baited hook over the surface of the water with a skipping movement.
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To cause to skitter.
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To skip, scamper, or move along quickly and lightly.
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To draw a fish lure over the water with a skipping motion.
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To cause to skitter.
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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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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