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skitter

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verb skit·ter \ˈski-tər\

Simple Definition of skitter

  • : to move quickly and lightly along a surface

Full Definition of skitter

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to glide or skip lightly or quicklyb :  to move in or as in a jittery or jerky way <leaves skittering over the sidewalk>

  3. 2 :  to twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to skitter

Examples of skitter

  1. Dry leaves skittered over the sidewalk.

  2. Mice skittered across the floor.



Origin of skitter

probably frequentative of English dialect (Scots and northern) skite to move quickly, probably from Old Norse skyt-, stem of skjōta to shoot


First Known Use: 1845


SKITTER Defined for Kids

skitter

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verb skit·ter \ˈski-tər\

Definition of skitter

skit·teredskit·ter·ing

  1. :  to glide or skip lightly or quickly <… Chipmunks skittered along the stone walls … — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill>




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