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Definition of "skitter" []

  • 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. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fish by drawing a lure or baited hook over the surface of the water with a skipping movement. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to skitter. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "skitter" in a sentence
  • "Mid-album, the thin skitter of "Boiling Water" unfurls into a seriously nagging tune that will sound sweet in H&M."
  • "┬áThe smile on her face freezes as coins skitter and bounce across the counter, to the floor at her feet, and she looks up, confused."
  • "The smile on her face freezes as coins skitter and bounce across the counter, to the floor at her feet, and she looks up, confused."