Simple Definition of skittish
of an animal : easily frightened or excited
: nervous or fearful about doing something
: tending to change often : not dependable or stable
Examples of skittish in a sentence
We've been skittish about taking on such a large mortgage.
<the skittish colt leapt up when we approached>
Origin of skittish
Middle English, from skit- (probably from Old Norse skyt-) + -ish
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with skittish
SKITTISH Defined for Kids
Definition of skittish for Students
: easily frightened <a skittish horse>
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