skitter

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verb skit·ter \ˈski-tər\

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 in a sentence

  1. Dry leaves skittered over the sidewalk.

  2. Mice skittered across the floor.

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: 1845


SKITTER Defined for English Language Learners

skitter

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verb skit·ter \ˈski-tər\

Definition of skitter for English Language Learners

  • : to move quickly and lightly along a surface


SKITTER Defined for Kids

skitter

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verb skit·ter \ˈski-tər\

Definition of skitter for Students

skittered

skittering

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


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