[ skit-er ]
/ ˈskɪt ər /
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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.
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How to use skitter in a sentence
Keith had me do this as I skittered across the gym like a giraffe at watering hole.Does Sexercise Work?|Meghan Pleticha|May 26, 2010|DAILY BEAST
You needn't tell me that Clarke or Mrs. Lambert got up and skittered around the room doing those things.The Tyranny of the Dark|Hamlin Garland
Little Frank skittered about, planting with desultory action such pumpkin seeds as he did not eat.A Son of the Middle Border|Hamlin Garland
I skittered those fat worms on the surface, and dropped them down to the bottom.Days in the Open|Lathan A. Crandall
They skittered foolishly over the water, seeming to pay no attention to anything save the sheer joy of being alive.The Spell of the White Sturgeon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
The Uranian skittered across a hundred feet of water and walked out on the land.The Wealth of Echindul|Noel Miller Loomis
British Dictionary definitions for skitter
/ (ˈskɪtə) /
(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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