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Synonyms for skittish
ˈskɪt ɪʃskit·tish

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  1. skittishadjective

    spookish, squirrelly, jumpy

  2. skittishadjective

    Easily scared or startled; timid.

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

    squirrelly, spookish, jumpy

  3. skittishadjective

    wanton; changeable; fickle

    Skittish Fortune's hall. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. skittish, flighty, spooky, nervousadjective

    unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

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


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. skittishadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. skittishadjective

    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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  1. Wendy Young:

    These families have very little reason to trust the Wendy Young government based on their experience when they were separated and deported, wendy Young can't really underestimate the amount of trauma that these families have gone through. Wendy Young fundamentally makes them very nervous and skittish.

  2. Gary Bradshaw:

    There's a lot of people that doubt the market and they're still skittish and don't believe the rally or think they ought to be in bonds.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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