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Synonyms for skittish
ˈskɪt ɪʃskit·tish

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  1. skittishadjective

    Synonyms:
    spookish, squirrelly, jumpy

  2. skittishadjective

    Easily scared or startled; timid.

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

    Synonyms:
    squirrelly, spookish, jumpy

  3. skittishadjective

    wanton; changeable; fickle

    Skittish Fortune's hall. Shakespeare.

    Synonyms:
    squirrelly, jumpy, spookish

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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

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  1. skittish, flighty, spooky, nervousadjective

    unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

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

    Antonyms:
    unexcitable

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. skittishadjective

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

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  1. skittishadjective

    Synonyms:
    timorous, shy, volatile, restless, wanton

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  1. List of paraphrases for "skittish":

    temperamental, capricious, whimsical, spoilt, nervous, cranky

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#9695neural
#13864anxious
#15992vicious
#18495restless
#21711spooky
#24054stubborn
#27639whimsical
#27699uneasy
#27763refractory
#27965impatient
#30182cranky
#33175rebellious
#39714unruly
#42831intractable
#45715capricious
#50756spoilt
#61633frisky
#65748resentful
#66176obstinate
#70249recalcitrant
#74028jumpy
#81204temperamental
#86204flyaway
#86575queasy
#100787skittish
#101493restive
#111798fidgety
#111963fractious
#116743unquiet
#124538flighty
#166645fretful
#183607mutinous
#219735squirrelly
#228084balky
#256033scatterbrained
#300373aflutter

How to use skittish in a sentence?

  1. Richard Scalone:

    The market’s reaction (to the jobs report) is something between curious and concerning, people are skittish in holding positions. If you are long stocks, you think you might be saved by this jobs report. If they don't go up, you are in trouble.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Ben Le Brun:

    The market is a little bit skittish ahead of the OPEC meeting, it is going to be very range-bound between now and Friday.

  5. Steven Fisher:

    Around 5-5:30 in the evening I'd see him out there with a couple kids. He seemed skittish, always looking over his shoulder to see if anyone was watching.


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