American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move rapidly along a surface, usually with frequent light contacts or changes of direction; skip or glide quickly: lizards that skitter away when approached.
- v. To fish by drawing a lure or baited hook over the surface of the water with a skipping movement.
- v. To cause to skitter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To skim; pass over lightly.
- In angling, to draw a baited hook or a spoon-hook along the surface of water by means of a rod and line: as, to skitter for pickerel.
- n. The act of skittering, or gliding or skimming over with a light touch.
- v. intransitive to move hurriedly or as by twitching or bouncing
- v. intransitive to make a skittering noise
- n. A skittering movement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To move or pass (something) over a surface quickly so that it touches only at intervals; to skip.
- v. To pass or glide lightly or with quick touches at intervals; to skip; to skim.
- v. glide easily along a surface
- v. twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water
- v. cause to skip over a surface
- v. to move about or proceed hurriedly
- Probably frequentative of dialectal skite, to run rapidly, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skjōta, to shoot; see shoot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mid-album, the thin skitter of "Boiling Water" unfurls into a seriously nagging tune that will sound sweet in H&M.”
“ The smile on her face freezes as coins skitter and bounce across the counter, to the floor at her feet, and she looks up, confused.”
“The smile on her face freezes as coins skitter and bounce across the counter, to the floor at her feet, and she looks up, confused.”
“If I wasn't so stove up, an 'nobody wasn't lookin', I'd jes 'skitter' round this here yard like a colt!”
“If I was n't so stove up, an 'nobody was n't lookin', I 'd jes' skitter 'round this here yard like a colt!”
“What weight of line are you using with the skitter-pop, I have been using them for years with great success.”
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“I hate hate hate it when they put the coins on top of the notes, as they are bound to skitter off and end up under something when I attempt to slide them into my wallet.”
“Her thumbs skitter over the keypad and a thin cord leads to her ear, which makes whispery noises.”
“Or at night, when small beasts skitter about among the herbs.”
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