from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of skitter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In angling, the action of drawing or jerking a bait along the surface of the water.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The reason why skittering is most commonly used to imitate caddisfly activity is because it does a darn good job of it.

    Skate, Skitter & Twitch

  • When I’m feeling stressed and highly strung I wake early, my overactive brain skittering uncontrollably from worry to worry until I can’t bear it any more and have to haul myself out of bed to escape my own thoughts.


  • The sound of agitated squeaking and a kind of skittering fills the space between the rumbling thunder, and a pack of rats erupts from the largest doorway into the chamber.

    Session 1: Every New Beginning « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • By dead bait is meant bits of pork, fresh beef, or even other fish cut up into tempting morsels for "skittering"; that is, where you cast your line with a sinker, and then haul it in over the water, usually by lifting the pole, walking back, or reeling in; a dead frog or a dead fish is just as good as a live one.

    Healthful Sports for Boys

  • One morning while walking near Urumchi’s People’s Park he accidentally stepped on a beggar woman’s collection plate and sent her cache of five-fen coins skittering across the pavement.

    Heaven Lake

  • The cockroaches are the manual labor of the establishment, busy with the ordinary affairs of the company, such as skittering, foraging, and manufacturing small plastic goods for the domestic market.

    Happy Catholic

  • Behind me, I heard a bellowing roar and barely registered the sound of claws skittering over the frozen ground.

    How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf

  • An electric shock raced through my body, skittering across my skin as he kissed me—softly, gently, his hands against the small of my back.


  • It's nearly impossible to believe this foolish guy skittering around in his tighty whities is the same Fraser who a dozen years ago gave such a moving performance in Gods and Monsters.

    'Furry Vengeance': Coarse family film is a slapstick stinker

  • A blind woman scowls on behalf of her cane, skittering on Italian marble.

    Los Angeles in Pieces


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.