skittish

adjective skit·tish \ ˈski-tish \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of skittish

1 a : lively or frisky in action : capricious
2 : easily frightened : restive
  • a skittish horse
3 a : coy, bashful
b : marked by extreme caution : wary
  • skittish investors

skittishly

adverb

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

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Origin and Etymology of skittish

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


SKITTISH Defined for English Language Learners

skittish

adjective

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

adjective skit·tish \ ˈski-tish \

Definition of skittish for Students

: easily frightened
  • a skittish horse


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