AskDefine | Define skitter

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1 to move about or proceed hurriedly; "so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground" [syn: scurry, scamper, scuttle]
2 glide easily along a surface
3 cause to skip over a surface; "Skip a stone across the pond" [syn: skim, skip]
4 twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to move hurriedly or as by twitching or bouncing
    I opened the cabinet and hundreds of cockroaches went skittering off into the darkness.
  2. to make a skittering noise
to move hurriedly
to make characteristic noise


  1. A badly behaved child.
  2. A skittering movement.
    A skitter of activity.
    A skitter of gooseflesh.

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