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1. Moving quickly and lightly; lively.
2. Restlessly active or nervous; restive.
3. Undependably variable; mercurial or fickle.
4. Shy; bashful.

[Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skjōta, to shoot; see shoot.]

skit′tish·ly adv.
skit′tish·ness n.
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Adv.1.skittishly - in a skittish manner; "the horse pranced around skittishly"


[ˈskɪtɪʃlɪ] ADV (= capriciously) → caprichosamente; (= nervously) → nerviosamente; (= playfully) → de modo juguetón


adv (= playfully)übermütig, schelmisch; (= flirtatiously: of woman) → neckisch, kokett; (= nervously: of horse) → unruhig
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Furthermore: you must know that when the second iron is thrown overboard, it thenceforth becomes a dangling, sharp-edged terror, skittishly curvetting about both boat and whale, entangling the lines, or cutting them, and making a prodigious sensation in all directions.
We began cheerfully, one might almost say skittishly, but our light-heartedness was gone by the time the first potato was finished.
The novel charts his progression from a reluctant retiree who skittishly makes a beeline to his train at the sight of dark-skinned refugees to a caring volunteer who hears them out and tries to help them get settled.
Can you hear the slap of sandals along the old prom, as a fellow paces skittishly to the What-the-Butler-Saw machine?
Another utter doom and gloom scenario by an organisation that simply hasn't got anything right" Former Tory Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith attacks the Office for Budget Responsibility in the wake of Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement "By his own morose standards he was almost skittishly optimistic in places" Political commentator Quentin Letts on Chancellor Philip Hammond's delivery of the Autumn Statement "The National Health Service is a national treasure, not an international treasure" An NHS spokesman on the problems created by health tourism "I've never wanted to be a lady who lunches.
The ship, not yet freighted with science equipment, rode high and skittishly.
Yes, it's a good defender of quality singing standards, but it may no longer be politically correct for 2016, which may be why it's been so skittishly enforced to date.
Brathwaite fended skittishly to Root at short leg and the hosts went to the interval in trouble on nine for one.
Both major parties have skittishly shied away from it.
Her gentile mother, about whom Levy writes skittishly, felt her life had been turned upside down when her husband was arrested and sent to prison, leaving her alone with five-year-old Deborah and her newborn brother.
Already he has played one skittishly, 30 not out off 28 balls in Mumbai, an appropriate response to knocking off a small victory target just as Tavare did on a couple of occasions in Colombo and Melbourne.
Investors reacted skittishly to Prime Minister Mario Monti's decision to resign in the coming days and the improbable comeback bid by Silvio Berlusconi on an anti-austerity platform.