Skittish
Skittish Skit"tish, a. [See {Skit}, v. t.] 1. Easily frightened; timorous; shy; untrustworthy; as, a skittish colt. ``A restiff, skittish jade.'' --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

2. Wanton; restive; freakish; volatile; changeable; fickle. ``Skittish Fortune's hall.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster] -- {Skit"tish*ly}, adv. -- {Skit"tish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • skittish — [skit′ish] adj. [ME: see SKIT & ISH] 1. lively or playful, esp. in a coy manner 2. easily frightened; jumpy [a skittish horse] 3. fickle or undependable skittishly adv. skittishness n …   English World dictionary

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  • skittish — (adj.) early 15c., very lively, frivolous, perhaps from Scandinavian base *skyt (stem of O.N. skjuta to shoot ), from PIE root *skeud to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project (see SHOOT (Cf. shoot) (v.)). Sense of apt to run first recorded c.1500 …   Etymology dictionary

  • skittish — [adj] very nervous agitable, alarmable, capricious, changeable, combustible, dizzy*, edgy, excitable, excited, fearful, fickle, fidgety, flighty, frivolous, giddy, harebrained, highstrung*, irresponsible, jumpy, lightheaded, lively, peppy,… …   New thesaurus

  • skittish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a horse) nervous; inclined to shy. 2) lively and unpredictable; playful. DERIVATIVES skittishly adverb skittishness noun. ORIGIN perhaps related to SKIT(Cf. ↑skit) …   English terms dictionary

  • Skittish — Infobox Album | Name = Skittish Type = Album Artist = Mike Doughty Released = 2000 Recorded = July 5 1996 Genre = Rock Length = 32:17 Label = (self released) Producer = Kramer Reviews = Last album = This album = Skittish (2000) Next album =… …   Wikipedia

  • skittish — skit|tish [ˈskıtıʃ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from Old Norse skjota to shoot ] 1.) an animal, especially a horse, that is skittish gets excited or frightened very easily 2.) a person who is skittish is not very serious, and their… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • skittish — skit|tish [ skıtıʃ ] adjective nervous or worried and likely to change your opinion about something: Internet users had been skittish about shopping online. Skittish investors have already removed their money. a. used about horses that are… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • skittish — [[t]skɪ̱tɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe a person or animal as skittish, you mean they are easily made frightened or excited. The declining dollar gave heart to skittish investors. Syn: nervous 2) ADJ GRADED Someone who is skittish does not …   English dictionary

  • skittish — UK [ˈskɪtɪʃ] / US adjective nervous or worried and likely to change your opinion about something Skittish investors have already removed their money. Internet users had been skittish about shopping online. a) used about horses that are nervous… …   English dictionary

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