skitter

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. skirting board,
  2. skirtings,
  3. skit,
  4. skitch,
  5. skite,
  6. skittery,
  7. skittish,
  8. skittishly,
  9. skittle,
  10. skittle out

Origin of skitter

1835–45; skit, variant of skite1 + -er6

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British Dictionary definitions for skitter

skitter

/ (ˈskɪtə) /

verb

(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 for skitter

C19: probably from dialect skite to dash about; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot

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Word Origin and History for skitter

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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