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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from Old Norse skjota 'to shoot'

skittish

adjective
     
Related topics: Horses
skit‧tish
1DSH an animal, especially a horse, that is skittish gets excited or frightened very easily
2 a person who is skittish is not very serious, and their feelings, behaviour, and opinions keep changing
3 if people who buy shares are skittish, they are nervous and worried about them dropping in value, and might sell the shares that they own because of this [= jittery]:
Some skittish Wall Street investors are staying away from the market.
skittishly adverb

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