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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. (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to change their beliefs or opinions often: Marilyn was a complete child, playful and skittish one moment, sulky and withdrawn the next.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   us   /-li/
skittishness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
Translations of “skittish”
in Chinese (Traditional) (人或動物)不安的,易受驚的,善變的…
in Chinese (Simplified) (人或动物)不安的,易受惊的,善变的…
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