[ skuht-er ]
/ ˈskʌt ər /

verb (used without object), noun British Dialect.

Origin of scutter

First recorded in 1775–85; variant of scuttle2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scutter

  • Things boom overhead like bitterns, or scutter alongside like hares, or arise dripping and hissing from below like otters.

    Sea Warfare|Rudyard Kipling
  • Immediately there was a yell—a scutter—a run—a positive tumult.

    Shirley|Charlotte Bront
  • We saw him scutter along under the seats, and then we saw him come out away down the side of the tent and scoot.

    Swatty|Ellis Parker Butler

British Dictionary definitions for scutter


/ (ˈskʌtə) /

verb, noun

British an informal word for scurry

Word Origin for scutter

C18: probably from scuttle ², with -er 1 as in scatter
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