Definition of skittish in English:

skittish

Line breaks: skit|tish
Pronunciation: /ˈskɪtɪʃ
 
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adjective

Derivatives

skittishly

adverb
More example sentences
  • But most Democrats who are on the ballot in competitive races this year skittishly avoid such stark imagery.
  • In a clearing past a grove of olive trees, a snowy white lamb stands skittishly behind its grazing mother.
  • I was also delighted by the way that Anna of Little Red Boat skittishly bent the concept towards her own ends.

skittishness

noun
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  • The skittishness of an airline executive about the possibility of behavioral profiling at American airports should be a thing of the past.
  • But the skittishness isn't just restricted to the backbench.
  • There could hardly be a greater contrast with this skittishness than the two photographs by Cindy Sherman which hang on a nearby wall.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps from the rare verb skit 'move lightly and rapidly'.

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