from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive 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.
- intransitive v. To fish by drawing a lure or baited hook over the surface of the water with a skipping movement.
- transitive v. To cause to skitter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to move hurriedly or as by twitching or bouncing
- v. to make a skittering noise
- n. A skittering movement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To move or pass (something) over a surface quickly so that it touches only at intervals; to skip.
- intransitive v. To pass or glide lightly or with quick touches at intervals; to skip; to skim.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)