- 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.
- to cause to skitter.
Origin of skitter
Examples from the Web for skittering
Like so many other deeply religious young men obsessed with fighting an ideological war, his mind was skittering.Inside the Bahrain Revolt
February 19, 2011
Then he came out sideways, a skittering sort of plunge, lazy and heavy.Tales of Fishes
Skittering images of her zipped through his mind, only to be shoved aside.The Syndic
Then, too, the skittering may be that of some entirely different creature.Old Plymouth Trails
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
- (intr 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
- (intr) angling to draw a bait lightly over the surface of water
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.