\ 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 flighty (audio) \ adverb
flightiness \ ˈflī-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce flighty (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
Recent Examples on the Web People who have changed roles many times (hi!) are anxious about people seeing them as flighty job hoppers; those who have stayed in one place for a long time are anxious about people treating them as a piece of furniture bolted to the floor. Megan Greenwell, Wired, "Help! Should I Be More Ambitious?," 28 Apr. 2021 The result has been an almighty mess that our flighty polity has largely chosen to ignore. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Repeal the Iraq AUMF," 26 Mar. 2021 The real-life counterparts prove to be just as fleeting and flighty. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, "Who Was the Real Holly Golightly?," 28 Dec. 2020 And your images, sound recordings or videos of flighty subjects can help with identification. Washington Post, "A concise guide to birding in your own backyard," 11 Dec. 2020 Her sister, the flighty Princess Margaret, continues to rage against the constraints of royal propriety, often with the aid of liquid refreshment. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "‘The Crown’ through British eyes: ‘Very entertaining’ or ‘a lie with a capital L’?," 4 Dec. 2020 Fitness clubs have long relied on long-term membership agreements to prevent flighty customers from abandoning their New Year’s resolutions without a financial penalty. Jake Meth, Fortune, "These 5 major gym chains still make it annoyingly hard to quit," 29 Nov. 2020 In any case, whether Mary Ellen is seen as the flighty adulteress who deservedly dies a sad early death or as the unfortunate source of Meredith’s creative invention, the woman herself, in all her complexity, seems to disappear. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, "An Undisappearing Act," 17 Nov. 2020 As Hannah Grose, groundskeeper and de facto head of Bly Manor, English actress T'Nia Miller plays a sensible but sometimes flighty leader who holds together a house staff who've become the only family to the manor's two resident orphans. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "How T'Nia Miller Found Herself at the Center of Bly Manor's Emotional Maze," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of flighty

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flighty was in 1552

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“Flighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flighty. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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