skitter


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skit·ter

 (skĭt′ər)
v. skit·tered, skit·ter·ing, skit·ters
v.intr.
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.
v.tr.
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.]
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skitter

(ˈskɪtə)
vb
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]
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skit•ter

(ˈskɪt ər)

v.i.
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]
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skitter


Past participle: skittered
Gerund: skittering

Imperative
skitter
skitter
Present
I skitter
you skitter
he/she/it skitters
we skitter
you skitter
they skitter
Preterite
I skittered
you skittered
he/she/it skittered
we skittered
you skittered
they skittered
Present Continuous
I am skittering
you are skittering
he/she/it is skittering
we are skittering
you are skittering
they are skittering
Present Perfect
I have skittered
you have skittered
he/she/it has skittered
we have skittered
you have skittered
they have skittered
Past Continuous
I was skittering
you were skittering
he/she/it was skittering
we were skittering
you were skittering
they were skittering
Past Perfect
I had skittered
you had skittered
he/she/it had skittered
we had skittered
you had skittered
they had skittered
Future
I will skitter
you will skitter
he/she/it will skitter
we will skitter
you will skitter
they will skitter
Future Perfect
I will have skittered
you will have skittered
he/she/it will have skittered
we will have skittered
you will have skittered
they will have skittered
Future Continuous
I will be skittering
you will be skittering
he/she/it will be skittering
we will be skittering
you will be skittering
they will be skittering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been skittering
you have been skittering
he/she/it has been skittering
we have been skittering
you have been skittering
they have been skittering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been skittering
you will have been skittering
he/she/it will have been skittering
we will have been skittering
you will have been skittering
they will have been skittering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been skittering
you had been skittering
he/she/it had been skittering
we had been skittering
you had been skittering
they had been skittering
Conditional
I would skitter
you would skitter
he/she/it would skitter
we would skitter
you would skitter
they would skitter
Past Conditional
I would have skittered
you would have skittered
he/she/it would have skittered
we would have skittered
you would have skittered
they would have skittered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

skitter

verb
To bound lightly:
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Translations

skitter

[ˈskɪtəʳ] VI to skitter across the water/along the ground [bird] → volar rozando el agua/el suelo; [stone] → saltar por encima del agua/por el suelo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

skitter

virutschen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

skitter

[ˈskɪtəʳ] vi to skitter around or about (bird, leaf) → svolazzare; (dog) → scorrazzare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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