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
Tear gas canisters would skitter into the stampeding crowd.
In a perfect world, the advent of the web would have sent literary scammers skittering back into their mucus-tube burrows.
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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: 1845
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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