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
  1. verb
    move about or proceed hurriedly
    synonyms: scamper, scurry, scuttle
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    scurry sideways like a crab
    type of:
    move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
  2. verb
    glide easily along a surface
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    type of:
    move smoothly and effortlessly
  3. verb
    twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water
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    type of:
    move or pull with a sudden motion
  4. verb
    cause to skip over a surface
    synonyms: skim, skip
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    type of:
    propel through the air
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