skittishness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skittishness - characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright
nervousness - a sensitive or highly strung temperament
Translations

skittishness

n (= playfulness)Übermütigkeit f, → Übermut m; (= flirtatiousness: of woman) → Neckereien pl; (= nervousness: of horse) → Unruhe f
References in classic literature ?
He had made a few remarks on the skittishness of young ponies, and on the weather, and that was all until they reached the station, a pretty building standing in the open country, with a view of the river from the platform.
One night, some days after her arrival, she developed a skittishness of manner which has since disappeared, and tried to be playful with him; but you might as well try to be playful with a graven image.
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Although some cats and kittens are caged for their protection (due to illness, skittishness, aggression or their young age), most roam freely, having the freedom to play or nap in their choice spots.
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