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skit·tish

 (skĭt′ĭsh)
adj.
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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skittish

(ˈskɪtɪʃ)
adj
1. playful, lively, or frivolous
2. difficult to handle or predict
3. rare coy
[C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse skjōta to shoot; see -ish]
ˈskittishly adv
ˈskittishness n
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skit•tish

(ˈskɪt ɪʃ)

adj.
1. apt to start or shy: a skittish horse.
2. restlessly or excessively lively: a skittish mood.
3. fickle; uncertain.
4. shy; coy.
[1400–50; late Middle English, perhaps derivative of the Scandinavian source of Scots skite (see skitter); see -ish1]
skit′tish•ly, adv.
skit′tish•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.skittish - unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)
excitable - easily excited
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skittish

adjective
1. nervous, lively, excitable, jumpy, restive, fidgety, highly strung, antsy (informal) The declining dollar gave heart to skittish investors.
nervous relaxed, calm, steady, composed, laid-back, placid, unfazed (informal), unflappable, unruffled, unexcitable
2. offbeat, bizarre, weird, way-out (informal), eccentric, novel, strange, unusual, rum (Brit. slang), uncommon, Bohemian, unconventional, far-out (slang), idiosyncratic, kinky (informal), off-the-wall (slang), unorthodox, oddball (informal), left-field (informal), freaky (slang), wacko (slang), outré, out there (slang) a fertile talent at war with a skittish sense of humour
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skittish

adjective
Feeling or exhibiting nervous tension:
Slang: uptight.
Idioms: a bundle of nerves, all wound up, on edge.
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Translations

skittish

[ˈskɪtɪʃ] ADJ (= capricious) → caprichoso, delicado; (= nervous) [horse etc] → nervioso, asustadizo; (= playful) → juguetón
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skittish

[ˈskɪtɪʃ] adj
(= nervous) [person] → nerveux/euse; [animal] → nerveux/euse
The declining dollar gave heart to skittish investors → La baisse du dollar a redonné du cœur à des investisseurs nerveux.
(= frivolous) → frivole
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skittish

adj (= playful)übermütig, schelmisch; (= flirtatious) womanneckisch, kokett; (= nervous) horse, investorunruhig
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skittish

[ˈskɪtɪʃ] adj (horse, person) → ombroso/a
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