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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 skittered
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  • But as it skittered and bounced like a tumble weed down the trail, she suddenly changed her mind and darted after it again.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • I skittered off toward the door to the stage, because that was the easiest direction.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • I skittered those fat worms on the surface, and dropped them down to the bottom.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • He skittered on all fours till he reached the middle of the path.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • Bobby liked to watch the brisk puffs as they hit, spread in a fan-shaped ruffle of dark water and skittered away.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • They skittered across the floor, one of them slipping through the heating-grating.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • John skittered to the far corner, tearing new holes in the old newspaper with frantic claws.

    Brown John's Body Winston Marks
  • She was shrieking, laughing as she skittered past him, clutching a gleaming gold helmet.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • He ducked into a side alley and skittered down a flight of stone steps.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
British Dictionary definitions for skittered


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for skittered



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for skittered



: 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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