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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 skittering
  • The more pugnacious among them have prepared for a showdown by skittering back and forth in the scrub with loaded machineguns.
  • Sometimes the difference between a perfect ski pole plant and a skittering slide is determined by the range of your mobility.
  • Then the bacteria race around the network in great swarms, skittering along the fibers with their glue-tipped legs.
  • The taxis are angry-yellow shapes skittering and growling about the city.
  • The final descent involved skittering down the snowy hillside to get to thermal area.
  • Each has two touch sensors, so casual contact will get them skittering.
  • At night, a graveyard silence is broken only by the skittering of rats.
  • His solos are light yet propulsive, building inexorably and seamlessly from skittering rhythm lines.
  • The sagebrush lizard can be seen in drier habitats climbing on rocks and heard skittering through dry leaves.
  • Any tiny motion sends the top comb skittering over the bottom comb, laterally deforming the grating.
British Dictionary definitions for skittering

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 skittering

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 skittering

skitter

verb

To move about rapidly; scamper: where the poor skitter around the doll's house on the hill like so many rats among garbage (1845+)


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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