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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 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


(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 skittering



"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



: 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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