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v. skit·tered, skit·ter·ing, skit·ters
1. 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.
2. To fish by drawing a lure or baited hook over the surface of the water with a skipping movement.
To cause to skitter.
[Probably frequentative of dialectal skite, to run rapidly, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skjōta, to shoot; see shoot.]
1. (often foll by: off) to move or run rapidly or lightly; scamper
2. to skim or cause to skim lightly and rapidly, as across the surface of water
3. (Angling) (intr) angling to draw a bait lightly over the surface of water
[C19: probably from dialect skite to dash about; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot]
1. to go, run, or glide lightly or rapidly.
2. to skim along a surface.
3. to draw a lure or a baited hook over the water with a skipping motion.v.t.
4. to cause to skitter.
[1835–45; appar. Scots skite to dart quickly]
Past participle: skittered
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|Verb||1.||skitter - to move about or proceed hurriedly; "so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground"|
crab - scurry sideways like a crab
run - move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time; "Don't run--you'll be out of breath"; "The children ran to the store"
|2.||skitter - glide easily along a surface|
glide - move smoothly and effortlessly
|3.||skitter - cause to skip over a surface; "Skip a stone across the pond"|
throw - propel through the air; "throw a frisbee"
|4.||skitter - twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water|
twitch - move or pull with a sudden motion