Moving quickly, restlessly, or irregularly; skittish.


twitchy; on edge


(ˈskɪt ə ri)

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As for quantities, well if you're staying in then you can avoid skittery pub measures.
After a skittery and slightly tedious start, which is heavy on Carter's need to keep infusing Mulder and Scully's world with a convoluted master theory, The X-Files settles in and starts to relocate some of its creepy vibe and playfulness.
With dampness creeping down his back, he cobbled together bits and pieces of metal, melted a bezel ring to a hinge, soldered the strikeplates and deadlatches and skittery innards of doorknobs into one tumorous mass.
Daarmee saam: "Uit die sloot onder die hoenderstellasies [= toilette] het die bedwelmende stank van 'n pes, van maagkoors se skittery, van verdierliking en vernedering opgewalm" (Du Plessis 241).
See Tony Hoagland, Fear of Narrative and the Skittery Poem of Our Moment, POETRY MAG.
Beer sponsor's skittery eyes say he knows I'm listening, but he acts like he doesn't.
in the cold I am as you at risk of breathing skittery windborne
But saying that, when you see the miracle that goes on inside a couple of skittery critters, you might see them with renewed respect and think twice about squashing an insect next time one's in your vicinity.
as a mere The vocal line alternates few paces separate us, our point between skittery, often of origin-and end
The jagged Houston skyline made of high-rises did not compare, nor did air conditioning seem refreshing; the flow of traffic did not make him think of rivers; the cynical ways of grackles, the stupidity of pigeons, the skittery paranoia of squirrels and certain knowledge of rats did not wildlife constitute.
But aside from a flamboyant display of corkscrew leaps and blistering turns by quicksilver Altan Dugaraa (as The Fakir)--and a feral dance by his skittery, monkey-like cronies--Act I lumbers by with a lot of finger-pointing, swooning, cowering, and heart-clutching.