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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  • skittishly — 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

  • skittishly — adverb in a skittish manner the horse pranced around skittishly • Derived from adjective: ↑skittish …   Useful english dictionary

  • skittishly — adverb see skittish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • skittishly — See skittish. * * * …   Universalium

  • skittishly — adverb In a skittish manner …   Wiktionary

  • skittishly — adv. nervously, in a high strung manner; in a fickle manner, changeably; mischievously, in a lively manner; shyly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • skittishly — ad. Shyly, wantonly, changeably …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • skittishly — skit·tish·ly …   English syllables

  • skittishly — See: skittish …   English dictionary

  • skittish — skittishly, adv. skittishness, n. /skit ish/, adj. 1. apt to start or shy: a skittish horse. 2. restlessly or excessively lively: a skittish mood. 3. fickle; uncertain. 4. shy; coy. [1375 1425; late ME, perh. deriv. of the Scand source of SKITE1; …   Universalium

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