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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
1835-1845
1835-45; skit, variant of skite1 + -er6
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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

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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