Definition of flighty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflʌɪti/

adjective (flightier, flightiest)

Fickle and irresponsible: her mother was a flighty Southern belle
More example sentences
  • Oh, apparently it's not my fault the writing here is bad - it's yours for being so flighty and fickle.
  • The inclination is to be flighty and irresponsible.
  • But like wild animals and flighty birds, our dreams are loath to be tamed.
fickle, erratic, changeable, inconstant, irresolute, mercurial, skittish, whimsical, capricious, volatile, unsteady, unstable, unbalanced, impulsive;
irresponsible, flippant, giddy, silly, frivolous, light-minded, feather-brained, scatterbrained, scatty, reckless, wild, careless, thoughtless, heedless, carefree, insouciant
informal dippy, dopey, batty, dotty, nutty
British informal dappy
North American informal ditzy



Pronunciation: /ˈflʌɪtɪli/
Example sentences
  • She loved every one - Goffin & King's sumptuous ‘So Much Love’, Randy Newman's fragile ‘Just One Smile’, Michel Legrand's flightily bonkers ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’.
  • ‘Hm, fine, have it your way,’ Dahni flightily drawled before the light on her half of the room went out.
  • Girl from Mantuckit sang out and sat poutingly in her chair, and began swirling in it flightily.


Pronunciation: /ˈflʌɪtɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • The Leo Moon stabilizes the Sagittarius flightiness and inconsistency, but since both signs are ruled by fire, these individuals are enthusiastic, ambitious.
  • Her acting was rather disappointing, lacking the impulsive flightiness of my ideal Dorabella, but it will be interesting to see what becomes of her voice.
  • He would ground her flightiness and her impulsiveness and she would lighten his sometimes-sober demeanour.


Mid 16th century: from flight + -y1.

Words that rhyme with flighty

almighty, Aphrodite, Blighty, mighty, nightie

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