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[skit-er] /ˈskɪt ər/
verb (used without object)
to go, run, or glide lightly or rapidly.
to skim along a surface.
Angling. to draw a lure or a baited hook over the water with a skipping motion.
verb (used with object)
to cause to skitter.
Origin of skitter
1835-45; skit, variant of skite1 + -er6 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skitter
  • 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.
  • So the evaporation forms a dense gas layer for the dry ice to levitate and skitter around.
  • On its underside, flat-bodied mayfly nymphs with tufts of gills on the sides skitter over the wet surface.
  • They may skitter and wiggle fast on their scale, but their velocities compared to our size will still be slow.
  • Light sparkles off shimmering water, and shorebirds skitter through the shallows.
  • Buoyant votive candles skitter across the pool's surface, unless the manufactured currents are not working right.
British Dictionary definitions for skitter


(intransitive) often foll by off. to move or run rapidly or lightly; scamper
to skim or cause to skim lightly and rapidly, as across the surface of water
(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

"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



: 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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