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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 of skitter
1835-1845
1835-45; skit, variant of skite1 + -er6
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  • Then he came out sideways, a skittering sort of plunge, lazy and heavy.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • skittering images of her zipped through his mind, only to be shoved aside.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • Then, too, the skittering may be that of some entirely different creature.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • It was a tatterdemalion array that he had conjured into conclave with his skittering whoop along the hill-tops.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • It was a shame that Devore kept him skittering round on little picayunish jobs—running errands, that was really what it was.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • With a swish he is gone, and unless I hear the skittering of tiny feet a rod away I may not tell in what direction or how.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • So the eye, skittering across the water, leaps promptly and cleanly to blue ranges by the Sound, a couple of miles away.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley
  • Pop made his way toward it in the skittering, skating gait one uses in one-sixth gravity.

    Scrimshaw William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The tiny life-raft dropped toward it, skittering nervously as it hit the thin atmosphere.

    The Legion of Lazarus Edmond Hamilton
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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