scutter

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scutter (countable and uncountable, plural scutters)

  1. Thin excrement.
    • 2001, Ciaran O'Driscoll, A Runner Among Falling Leaves (page 74)
      Cows were always scuttering: they left mounds and trails of scutter all over the place.
  2. A hasty run.

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scutter (third-person singular simple present scutters, present participle scuttering, simple past and past participle scuttered)

  1. To void thin excrement.
    • 1565, Alois Brandl (ed.), King Daryus:
      Nay then I wil geue you no bread and butter.
      Here, take some, it will make thee to scutter.
    • 2001, Ciaran O'Driscoll, A Runner Among Falling Leaves (page 74)
      Cows were always scuttering: they left mounds and trails of scutter all over the place.
  2. To run with a light pattering noise; to skitter.
    We saw a rat scuttering into a dark corner as we turned on the lights.
    • 1895 November, Rudyard Kipling, The Second Jungle Book, London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., OCLC 929793067:
      A mangy little jackal [] cocked up his ears and tail, and scuttered across the shallows.
    • 1988, David Quammen, The Flight of the Iguana:
      These [spiders] in my office were newborn babies. A hundred scuttering bambinos, each one no bigger than a poppyseed. Too small still for red hourglasses, too small even for red egg timers.

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