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Synonyms for skittish
ˈskɪt ɪʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. skittish, flighty, spooky, nervous(adj)

    unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

    Synonyms:
    flyaway, queasy, aflutter, flighty, uneasy, nervous, unquiet, neural, head-in-the-clouds, spooky, scatterbrained, anxious

    Antonyms:
    unexcitable

Wiktionary

  1. skittish(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    spookish, squirrelly, jumpy

  2. skittish(adjective)

    Easily scared or startled; timid.

    The cat likes people he knows, but he is skittish around strangers.

    Synonyms:
    squirrelly, spookish, jumpy

  3. skittish(adjective)

    wanton; changeable; fickle

    Skittish Fortune's hall. \uE000164776 Shakespeare.

    Synonyms:
    squirrelly, jumpy, spookish

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. skittish

    Balky, mulish, obstinate, and stubborn are synonyms of restive only in an infrequent if not obsolete use; the supposed sense of "tending to rest," "standing stubbornly still," is scarcely supported by any examples, and those cited to support that meaning often fail to do so. The disposition to offer active resistance to control by any means whatever is what is commonly indicated by restive in the best English speech and literature. Dryden speaks of "the pampered colt" as "restiff to the rein;" but the rein is not used to propel a horse forward, but to hold him in, and it is against this that he is "restiff." A horse may be made restless by flies or by martial music, but with no refractoriness; the restive animal impatiently resists or struggles to break from control, as by bolting, flinging his rider, or otherwise. With this the metaphorical use of the word agrees, which is always in the sense of such terms as impatient, intractable, rebellious, and the like; a people restive under despotism are not disposed to "rest" under it, but to resist it and fling it off.

    Synonyms:
    balky, fidgety, fractious, fretful, frisky, impatient, intractable, mulish, mutinous, obstinate, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, resentful, restiff, restive, restless, stubborn, unruly, vicious

    Antonyms:
    docile, gentle, manageable, obedient, passive, peaceable, quiet, submissive, tractable, yielding

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. skittish(a.)

    Synonyms:
    shy (as a horse), timid, timorous, easily frightened

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. skittish(a)

    Synonyms:
    timorous, shy, volatile, restless, wanton

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    temperamental, capricious, whimsical, spoilt, nervous, cranky

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#256033scatterbrained
#300373aflutter

How to use skittish in a sentence?

  1. Tim Ghriskey:

    The market's had a big run, that's made some investors a bit skittish, cautious, so we're not seeing a really strong day.

  2. John Soto:

    Clydesdales are a very gentle breed. When they're young, they're like any other horse -- skittish and more like a kid, more rambunctious. As they get older and more mature -- the more you handle them, the quieter they become.

  3. Richard Scalone:

    The market's reaction is something between curious and concerning, you are not getting that much of a lasting reaction in markets. The week has witnessed some of the most concerning phenomenon in some time. People are skittish in holding positions.

  4. Arun Bharath:

    Investors are being a little bit skittish and taking some profits, there are clearly some concerns that what is happening outside of the U.S. may impact the U.S. at some point.

  5. Elvis Picardo:

    It's an environment right now where investors are skittish and they're not going to hesitate to take profits on stocks that have moved higher.


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