Definition of Skittish

1. Adjective. Unpredictably excitable (especially of horses).

Exact synonyms: Flighty, Nervous, Spooky
Similar to: Excitable
Derivative terms: Nervousness, Skittishness



Definition of Skittish

1. a. Easily frightened; timorous; shy; untrustworthy; as, a skittish colt.

Definition of Skittish

1. Adjective. Easily scared or startled; timid. ¹

2. Adjective. wanton; changeable; fickle ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Skittish

1. easily frightened [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Skittish

skite-the-gutter
skited
skites
skiting
skits
skitted
skitter
skittered
skitterier
skitteriest
skittering
skitters
skittery
skitting
skittish (current term)
skittishly
skittishness
skittishnesses
skittle
skittle-dog
skittle-dogs
skittle alley
skittle ball
skittle out
skittle pin
skittleball
skittled
skittles
skittling

Literary usage of Skittish

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1. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"... to move about, or ' to remove often,' Hexham ; a frequentative verb from the same base. Swed. dial, vi'mmla. to be giddy or skittish ; cf. ..."

2. Rights, Remedies, and Practice, at Law, in Equity, and Under the Codes: A by John Davison Lawson (1890)
"skittish or scared horse — Defective vehicle or harness. § 1174. When plaintiff has knowledge of defect. § 1165. Injuries while Driving on the ..."

3. Student and Singer: The Reminiscences of Charles Santley by Charles Santley (1892)
"... Donna — A skittish Landlady — I appear in the '-Traviata" and " Ernani " —My Wardrobe — Failure of "Lamberto Mala- testa" — A Stormy First-night and a ..."

4. Woman--through a Man's Eyeglass by Malcolm Charles Salaman (1892)
"THE skittish OLD MAID 1 BELIEVE I may consider myself a passably amiable man, and I could certainly produce ample testimony to prove I am so considered by a ..."

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