\ˈflī-tē \
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

c : capricious, silly

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Other Words from flighty

flightily \ˈflī-​tə-​lē \ adverb
flightiness \ˈflī-​tē-​nəs \ 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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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 Alicia was a little flighty and indecisive at times; she might be seen with Gary Cooper one week and Hugh O’Brian the next. Denise Davidson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "In 'The Summer I Met Jack,' author Michelle Gable finds the real-life connection," 1 July 2018 Her status as a flighty housewife distracted investigators from deeply questioning her connection to Patience Worth. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 There should be joy and not a flighty sense of it, just stumbling around hoping that that happiness might find me. Jim Asker, Billboard, "For King & Country Are on a 'Passionate Pursuit of Joy' With New Music: Hear Their Lead Single 'Joy'," 18 May 2018 Her dry wit is an essential grounding element in a film that could otherwise be far too flighty to take seriously. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "In ‘Book Club,’ watching Fonda, Bergen, Keaton and Steenburgen is a guilty pleasure | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 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 \
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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