Definition of skitter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskidər/


[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.

Words that rhyme with skitter

bitter, committer, critter, embitter, emitter, fitter, flitter, fritter, glitter, gritter, hitter, jitter, knitter, litter, permitter, pitta, quitter, remitter, sitter, slitter, spitter, splitter, submitter, titter, transmitter, twitter, witter

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Syllabification: skit·ter

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