\ 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

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
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First Known Use of flighty

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flighty. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for flighty


\ 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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