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Syllabification: skit·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈskidər

Definition of skitter in English:


[no object]
1Move lightly and quickly or hurriedly: the girls skittered up the stairs figurative her mind skittered back to that day at the office
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  • Her eyes widened further, and she backed, more quickly than before, skittering quickly against the walls and door.
  • I was about to protest, but Alex quickly skittered off to the bathroom, leaving me stupidly holding the silver phone in my hand.
  • She nodded quickly and skittered over to her seat.
2 [with object] Draw (bait) jerkily across the surface of the water as a technique in fishing.


mid 19th century: apparently a frequentative of skite 'move rapidly', perhaps of Norse origin.

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