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verb (used without object)
  1. to go, run, or glide lightly or rapidly.
  2. to skim along a surface.
  3. Angling. to draw a lure or a baited hook over the water with a skipping motion.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to skitter.
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Origin of skitter

1835–45; skit, variant of skite1 + -er6
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Related Words for skittered

tiptoe, flit, scamper, bound, ricochet, lope, skim, scoot, graze, carom, gambol, prance, fly, buck, frisk, run, caper, skedaddle, canter, dance

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Contemporary Examples of skittered

Historical Examples of skittered

  • 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.


    Cory Doctorow

  • He skittered over the water, going down and coming up, until he had leaped seven times.

  • She was shrieking, laughing as she skittered past him, clutching a gleaming gold helmet.

    Dream Town

    Henry Slesar

British Dictionary definitions for skittered


  1. (intr often foll by off) to move or run rapidly or lightly; scamper
  2. to skim or cause to skim lightly and rapidly, as across the surface of water
  3. (intr) angling to draw a bait lightly over the surface of water
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Word Origin for skitter

C19: probably from dialect skite to dash about; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

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