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skittish (adj.)

early 15c., "very lively, frivolous," perhaps from Scandinavian base *skyt- (stem of Old Norse skjota "to shoot, launch, move quickly"), from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw." Sense of "shy, nervous, apt to run" first recorded c. 1500, of horses. Related: Skittishly; skittishness.

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Definitions of skittish

skittish (adj.)
unpredictably excitable (especially of horses);
Synonyms: flighty / spooky / nervous
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