What does skittish mean?

Definitions for skittishˈskɪt ɪʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)


  1. skittish(Adjective)

    Easily scared or startled; timid.

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

  2. skittish(Adjective)

    wanton; changeable; fickle

    Skittish Fortune's hall. uE000164776uE001 Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skittish(verb)

    easily frightened; timorous; shy; untrustworthy; as, a skittish colt

  2. Skittish(verb)

    wanton; restive; freakish; volatile; changeable; fickle

  3. Origin: [See Skit, v. t.]


  1. Skittish

    Skittish is a Mike Doughty album recorded with indie rock producer Kramer in one day, July 5, 1996, and mixed on July 6. Frustrated by the acrimonious sessions for Soul Coughing's Irresistible Bliss, and attracted to Kramer's signature minimal, reverby sound, Doughty took a batch of songs—some rejected by, some withheld from Soul Coughing—and crossed the river to bang the disc out at Kramer's studio, Noise New Jersey, a gigantic, shag-carpeted room built as an addition to a house by a would-be Disco musician in the 70s, to which Kramer added huge echo plates running down either side of his garage—the source of his trademark haunting sound. Though Kramer built up some songs in Doughty's absence, with strings and organ, the disc is mostly a stark affair. Doughty's riffs--often using a guitar rhythm Doughty calls the "gangadank"--punctuate emotional lyrics on songs such as "The Only Answer" and "The Pink Life". It was extremely different from Soul Coughing, and confused by the sonic departure, his label, Warner Bros., rejected it. But the album found its own life. Versions of the songs, often featuring extra instruments as experimental mixes, ended up on Napster as The Skittish Sessions. When Doughty quit Soul Coughing in 2000 and hit the road as a one-man act, he was astonished to find audiences singing along to these tunes. He quickly printed up white label versions of the CD and sold them himself at the gigs, selling 20,000, mostly by hand at the front of the stage after the shows.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skittish

    skit′ish, adj. unsteady, light-headed, easily frightened: hasty, volatile, changeable: wanton.—adv. Skitt′ishly.—n. Skitt′ishness. [Skite.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skittish in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skittish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Scalone:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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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