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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Probably from skite 'to slide, skip' (18-20 centuries), probably from a Scandinavian language

skitter

verb
     
skit‧ter [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to move very quickly and lightly, like a small animal [= scurry]
skitter across/down/along etc
Something skittered across the alley.

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