scuttle

When you scuttle, you move with quick anxious steps, like a bug running for cover when a light is turned on.

Use the word scuttle when you want to describe running or fast walking that’s characterized by short, hasty steps, like someone or something that tries to hurry — a person who is late for work scuttling through a crowd of slow-moving pedestrians — but can't. It is also found in these well-known lines from T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock": "I should have been a pair of ragged claws / Scuttling across the floors of silent seas."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: scuttle

1
n
an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
2
n
container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
3
v
to move about or proceed hurriedly
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: scuttle
1

n an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship

Synonyms:
hatchway, opening
Types:
escape hatch
hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
Type of:
entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
something that provides access (to get in or get out)
2

n container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire

Synonyms:
coal scuttle
Type of:
container
any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
3

v to move about or proceed hurriedly

Synonyms:
scamper, scurry, skitter
Types:
crab
scurry sideways like a crab
Type of:
run
move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
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