- 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 skittered
Keith had me do this as I skittered across the gym like a giraffe at watering hole.Does Sexercise Work?
May 26, 2010
He skittered on all fours till he reached the middle of the path.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
I skittered off toward the door to the stage, because that was the easiest direction.No Great Magic
Fritz Reuter Leiber
They skittered across the floor, one of them slipping through the heating-grating.Makers
He skittered over the water, going down and coming up, until he had leaped seven times.Tales of Fishes
She was shrieking, laughing as she skittered past him, clutching a gleaming gold helmet.Dream Town
- (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 skittered
"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.