When someone or something moves in a rapid, light way, you can say they skitter. Your cat might spend hours fascinated by the bugs that skitter across your window.

Little kids will usually skitter onto a playground, moving much more slowly when it's time to leave. And while older cats spend much of the day sleeping lazily, playful kittens will skitter crazily around the house if you give them a crumpled ball of paper to play with. Skitter comes from an old verb, skite, "to dart or run quickly," probably from a Scandinavian root.

Definitions of skitter

v move about or proceed hurriedly

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

v glide easily along a surface

Type of:
move smoothly and effortlessly

v twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water

Type of:
move or pull with a sudden motion

v cause to skip over a surface

skim, skip
Type of:
propel through the air

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