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skitter

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