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skittish

adjective uk   /ˈskɪt.ɪʃ/ us    /ˈskɪt̬-/
(of people and animals) nervous or easily frightened: My horse is rather skittish, so I have to keep him away from traffic. Investors are skittish about the impact of an economic downturn.Anxious and worried (of a person) not serious and likely to change their beliefs or opinions often: Marilyn was a complete child, playful and skittish one moment, sulky and withdrawn the next.
skittishly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Anxious and worried
skittishness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Anxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobias
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