Definition of skitter
1a : to glide or skip lightly or quicklyb : to move in or as in a jittery or jerky way leaves skittering over the sidewalk
2 : to twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water
: to cause to skitter
Examples of skitter in a Sentence
Dry leaves skittered over the sidewalk.
Mice skittered across the floor.
Recent Examples of skitter from the Web
Braxton became enamored of analog synthesizers, and Hive1 jumped head-first into bruising abstraction, its blorpy, skittering electronic patterns colliding with spazzy, complex drumming.
Lynch revels in the shudder of creepy proximity that comes over the viewer when the everyday turns sinister, when the wallpaper peels back to reveal the insects skittering underneath.
The little car skittered and slid over the cobblestones in a way that was possibly illegal and probably unsafe — but so much fun.
Tiny joeys, still clumsy hoppers, skitter around the kitchen floor, including Harvey, the joey that Williams recently found.
Garbage skittered along an esplanade that smelled of sewage.
Wang’s fingers danced softly upon the keys during the opening movement, emphasizing a scampering, skittering quality during her rapid cadenza.
Her party’s base soon tired of her claiming to be a champion of the working classes, only to skitter off to Wall Street the moment the lights went down and speak for $250,000 a pop.
Tear gas canisters would skitter into the stampeding crowd.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 1845See Words from the same year
SKITTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of skitter for English Language Learners
: to move quickly and lightly along a surface
SKITTER Defined for Kids
Definition of skitter for Students
: to glide or skip lightly or quickly … Chipmunks skittered along the stone walls … — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill
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