skitter

[skit-er]
verb (used without object)
1.
to go, run, or glide lightly or rapidly.
2.
to skim along a surface.
3.
Angling. to draw a lure or a baited hook over the water with a skipping motion.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to skitter.

Origin:
1835–45; skit, variant of skite1 + -er6

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skitter (ˈskɪtə)
 
vb (often foll by off)
1.  to move or run rapidly or lightly; scamper
2.  to skim or cause to skim lightly and rapidly, as across the surface of water
3.  (intr) angling to draw a bait lightly over the surface of water
 
[C19: probably from dialect skite to dash about; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot]

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skitter
"to run rapidly," 1845, frequentative of skite "to dart, run quickly" (1721), perhaps from a Scand. source (cf. Icelandic skjota "to shoot," or Norw. dialectal skutla "glide rapidly"); related to source of skit (q.v.).
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Example sentences
One of the dancers remembered a partnering step with a skitter, originally devised for the dance but never used.
Plovers skitter along the glistening zone on beaches where the waves lap at the shore, foraging for insects and invertebrates.
The agitated zebras gallop back and forth in short, panicky dashes, then
  skitter off into the absolute darkness.
The experiment is less about the squid and more about the beneficial bacteria
  that skitter about in the sea creature's body.
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