skelter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare helter-skelter.

Verb[edit]

skelter (third-person singular simple present skelters, present participle skeltering, simple past and past participle skeltered)

  1. (colloquial, with "away" or "off") To run off helter-skelter; to hurry; to scurry.
    • Alfred Russel Wallace, The Malay Archipelago
      It was evident that Europeans seldom came here, for numbers of women skeltered away as I walked through the village []