One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Move lightly and quickly or hurriedly.‘the girls skittered up the stairs’figurative ‘her mind skittered back to that day at the office’
dash, dart, run, sprint, race, rush, hurry, hasten, hare, hurtle, bolt, shoot, charge, career, speed, fly, whizz, zoomView synonyms
- ‘I was about to protest, but Alex quickly skittered off to the bathroom, leaving me stupidly holding the silver phone in my hand.’
- ‘He didn't seem to mind much and as he leaned in close to the girl I skittered out deciding he was further preoccupied.’
- ‘He held completely still, afraid to move and send the apparition skittering back into the depths of his sleep-riddled mind.’
- ‘Thoughts of saying hello skittered briefly across my mind, but disappeared almost immediately.’
- ‘A few thoughts about Arthur skittered through her mind for a moment.’
- ‘His cameras zoom around a fictional CGI Paris like bugs skitter over puddles.’
- ‘His thoughts had no pattern to them; they skittered brokenly through his mind.’
- ‘He cradled her head to him, trying to understand why he felt tears skittering down his cheeks.’
- ‘It feels like there are spiders inside my mind, skittering and tapping me dreadfully with hundreds of nasty little feet.’
- ‘She nodded quickly and skittered over to her seat.’
- ‘Twenty girls skitter through chassées, cross-ball-changes and multiple jazz pirouettes.’
- ‘Her eyes widened further, and she backed, more quickly than before, skittering quickly against the walls and door.’
- ‘In a movie, this would be dealt with montage style, with trains hurtling down a track and planes skittering down the runway.’
- ‘And then a thought skittered across Savitri's mind like a stone across water: What if you weren't here?’
- ‘Doris Humphrey, wearing a red dress, skips and skitters with a windblown lightness.’
- ‘A rock skittered lightly to his left as he stepped into the sanctuary.’
- ‘Versa yelled in a hurry, skittering to her first class.’
- ‘The llamas skittered impatiently and moved forward and I saw it was for real.’
- ‘When we stepped away from the tunnel's hatch, a tide of beetles skittered over the stones, away from our feet.’
- ‘The thing by the stairs skittered in a tight circle, turning its buried face towards him.’
2with object Draw (bait) jerkily across the surface of the water as a technique in fishing.
Mid 19th century: apparently a frequentative of skite.
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