- 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
Related Words for skittertiptoe, flit, scamper, bound, ricochet, lope, skim, scoot, graze, carom, gambol, prance, fly, buck, frisk, run, caper, skedaddle, canter, dance
Examples from the Web for skitter
Historical Examples of skitter
Skitter and spit dust—use it all, but keep us clear for three minutes!The Butterfly Kiss
Arthur Dekker Savage
I saw Daniel the Mystic scramble to his feet and skitter about.Back Home
Irvin S. Cobb
He came up at once, and with two-thirds of his body out of the water he began to skitter toward us.Tales of Fishes
Moving another notch down caused the picture to skitter back and forth on the screen.The Time Traders
He divided with me, told me to fasten one upon the end of my line and skitter it over the water.With Rod and Line in Colorado Waters
Lewis B. France
- (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
Word Origin and History for skitter
"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.