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skittish

adjective     /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to change their beliefs or opinions often: Marilyn was a complete child , playful and skittish one moment , sulky and withdrawn the next.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     /-li/ adverb Anxious and worried skittishness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Anxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobias
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