Examples of skittish in a Sentence
We've been skittish about taking on such a large mortgage.
the skittish colt leapt up when we approached
Recent Examples of skittish from the Web
Hollywood grew skittish about making female superhero films after both Catwoman (2004) and Elektra (2005) flopped.
The risk isn’t just to individual investors; many argue that the mania of the late-1990s internet bubble ultimately slowed the entire sector down by making investors skittish for years afterwards.
The close-up shows the normally skittish spider grasping a cricket in its jaws and slowly devouring it.
In this skittish town on Mexico’s heroin highway, civilians with rusty shotguns shake down passing cars for contributions to the public defense.
Wall Street went into a power dive Wednesday as skittish stock investors eyed attractive yields in the Treasuries market and dumped shares in droves.
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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
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
Definition of skittish for Students
: easily frightened a skittish horse
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