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skittish (adj) lively and playful; jumpy.

A person who is skittish is very lively but playful. They are not serious about anything and keep changing their ideas, behavior, etc. They take everything lightly. A skittish animal, especially a horse, is jumpy, that is it is easily frightened and excited and so difficult to control.

  • It is very difficult to deal with and depend on Jim because he is skittish. He takes nothing seriously and changes his opinions, and behavior too often.
  • He tried to ride the horse, without knowing it was skittish. It was the type that is easily frightened and excited, so he fell off the horse when he tried to rein it in.
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