\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Heloise feels very unlike her mother—who is flightier and more flirtatious, who even looks very different. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Tessa Hadley on What Happened and What Happened Next," 6 Apr. 2020 The internet has turned on Playboi Carti Playboy Carti, the flighty 23-year-old Atlantan, has a more rabid online fanbase than just about any rapper. Cady Lang, Time, "The 6 Biggest Takeaways From Drake's New Mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes," 1 May 2020 Hopping up and down a tree or flighty, darting from branch to branch? Amy Chillag, CNN, "This Earth Day, while you're quarantined, let a new hobby take flight," 21 Apr. 2020 Tourist investors are known to be flightier than others when venture capital sours. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Is this the flight of the tourist investor?," 14 Apr. 2020 Are human drivers just flighty pairs of gyroscopes? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Says His Teslas Can Be Superhuman," 9 Apr. 2020 But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, some members of the notoriously flighty millennial demographic are now seeing Louisville in a new light. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "As the coronavirus rocks major cities, these millennials and Louisville natives came home," 4 Apr. 2020 Kate is inconsistent, sometimes flighty and hysterical, other times grounded and responsible, making her hard to pin down. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Tommy' review: Edie Falco is just too good for her new CBS cop show," 6 Feb. 2020 The humor doesn’t necessarily hold up that well, as the Jetsons' future world was ruled by early ‘60s stereotypes of male breadwinners and flighty female homemakers. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Jetsons' flying car tops list of all-time favorite cartoon cars," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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20 May 2020

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“Flighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flighty. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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