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skitter

[skit-er] /ˈskɪt ər/
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 of skitter
1835-1845
1835-45; skit, variant of skite1 + -er6
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Examples from the Web for skitter
Historical Examples
  • I saw Daniel the Mystic scramble to his feet and skitter about.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • skitter and spit dust—use it all, but keep us clear for three minutes!

    The Butterfly Kiss Arthur Dekker Savage
  • He came up at once, and with two-thirds of his body out of the water he began to skitter toward us.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Moving another notch down caused the picture to skitter back and forth on the screen.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • He divided with me, told me to fasten one upon the end of my line and skitter it over the water.

British Dictionary definitions for skitter

skitter

/ˈskɪtə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by off. 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.
(intransitive) (angling) to draw a bait lightly over the surface of water
Word Origin
C19: probably from dialect skite to dash about; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot
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Word Origin and History for skitter
v.

"to run rapidly," 1845, frequentative of skite "to dart, run quickly" (1721), perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skjota "to shoot, launch, move quickly, avoid (a blow)," or Norwegian dialectal skutla "glide rapidly"); see skittish. As a noun from 1905.

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Slang definitions & phrases for skitter

skitch

verb

: some hanging on the sides of the Jeep, ''skitching,'' or dragging their feet through the powder (1990s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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