Definition of skittish adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskɪtɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɪtɪʃ//
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  1. 1(of horses) easily excited or frightened and therefore difficult to control
  2. 2(of people) not very serious and with ideas and feelings that keep changing
  3. 3(especially North American English, business) likely to change suddenly skittish financial markets
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps from the rare verb skit ‘move lightly and rapidly’.
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