skittish

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adjective skit·tish \ˈski-tish\

Definition of skittish

  1. 1a :  lively or frisky in action :  capriciousb :  variable, fluctuating

  2. 2 :  easily frightened :  restive <a skittish horse>

  3. 3a :  coy, bashfulb :  marked by extreme caution :  wary <skittish investors>

skittishly

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skittishness

noun

Examples of skittish in a sentence

  1. We've been skittish about taking on such a large mortgage.

  2. <the skittish colt leapt up when we approached>

Origin and Etymology of skittish

Middle English, from skit- (probably from Old Norse skyt-) + -ish


First Known Use: 15th century


SKITTISH Defined for English Language Learners

skittish

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adjective skit·tish \ˈski-tish\

Definition of skittish for English Language Learners

  • of an animal : easily frightened or excited

  • : nervous or fearful about doing something

  • : tending to change often : not dependable or stable


SKITTISH Defined for Kids

skittish

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adjective skit·tish \ˈski-tish\

Definition of skittish for Students

  1. :  easily frightened <a skittish horse>



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