Definition of skittish
- a skittish horse
We've been skittish about taking on such a large mortgage.
the skittish colt leapt up when we approached
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
of an animal : easily frightened or excited
: nervous or fearful about doing something
: tending to change often : not dependable or stable
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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