\ ˈflī-tē How to pronounce flighty (audio) \
flightier; flightiest

Definition of flighty

1 : swift
2 : lacking stability or steadiness:
a : easily upset : volatile a flighty temper
b : easily excited : skittish a flighty horse

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Other Words from flighty

flightily \ ˈflī-​tə-​lē How to pronounce flightily (audio) \ adverb
flightiness \ ˈflī-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce flightiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of flighty in a Sentence

an actress who specializes in playing silly, flighty women you have to be quiet while the deer are grazing, as they are flighty animals and will run if they hear you

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Foreign-exchange reserves, say, are slim relative to the scale of local-currency assets held by flighty investors. The Economist, "Why everybody is concerned about corporate-bond liquidity," 11 July 2019 In the end, their success depends on millions of flighty teens. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Can TikTok Turn 950 Million Downloads Into a Booming Business?," 26 June 2019 The bond market often is viewed as less flighty than the stock market and perhaps a more reliable indicator of where the economy is headed. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "10-Year Treasury Yield Falls Below 2%, Defying Expectations," 20 June 2019 The bond market is regarded by many investors as less flighty than the stock market and more reliable in its predictions. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "What Happens When Bond Markets Get Weird," 3 Jan. 2019 Chinese markets are also unusually dominated by flighty retail investors. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "China’s Investors Export Pessimism to Hong Kong Stocks," 6 Sep. 2018 The soprano Susanna Phillips brought touching vulnerability to the role of Birdie, Oscar’s flighty wife, who frets and drinks too much. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 June 2018 As his and Ruth’s love-hate flirtation simmers, Sam briefly shacks up with the beautiful, flighty wrestler Rhonda Richardson (Kate Nash). Judy Berman, New York Times, "What to Remember Before ‘GLOW’ Comes Back for Season 2," 25 June 2018 But Olivia also proves flighty in her infatuation for Cesario. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's 'Twelfth Night': A hilarious tragedy on human frailty," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of flighty

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flighty

: not serious or dependable : likely to forget things or to change opinions, plans, etc., without reason
: easily excited or frightened


\ ˈflī-tē How to pronounce flighty (audio) \
flightier; flightiest

Kids Definition of flighty

1 : easily excited or frightened : skittish a flighty horse
2 : not steady or serious a flighty temper

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