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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)

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



  1. skittish(adjective)

    spookish, squirrelly, jumpy

  2. skittish(adjective)

    Easily scared or startled; timid.

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

    squirrelly, spookish, jumpy

  3. skittish(adjective)

    wanton; changeable; fickle

    Skittish Fortune's hall. \uE000164776 Shakespeare.

    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.

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. skittish(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. skittish(a)

    timorous, shy, volatile, restless, wanton

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "skittish":

    temperamental, capricious, whimsical, spoilt, nervous, cranky

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How to use skittish in a sentence?

  1. Paul Taylor:

    The markets are skittish. The concern is that the OPEC guys are not stepping in to curtail production and put a floor under the oil price, now the question is whether you go in and start (chipping) away at some of these names.

  2. 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.

  3. Julianne Smith:

    The fact that Tillerson will give that answer to Putin before he gives it to NATO is not the signal we want to be sending, we have a lot of skittish allies out there. The optics are all wrong, and unfortunately the optics matter.

  4. Richard Scalone:

    The week has witnessed some of the most concerning phenomenon in some time. People are skittish in holding positions.

  5. 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.

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