Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being flighty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being flighty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being flighty; capriciousness; volatility; specifically, slight delirium or mental aberration.
  • n. Synonyms Lightness, Frivolity, etc. (see levity); giddiness, caprice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

Etymologies

flighty +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Right mindfulness serves as an antidote to rid the mind forever of the auxiliary disturbing emotions and attitudes (nye-nyon), such as flightiness of mind and mental dullness, that an accustoming pathway mind gets rid of, namely the automatically arising ones.

    The Eight Branches of an Arya Pathway Mind (The Eightfold Noble Path)

  • She is also charmingly open about her faults, such as her quick temper and flightiness: I always expect people to behave much better than I do.

    2009 December 07 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • For all her flightiness, there was seemingly nothing she could not get done by sleight of hand or obtain, if occasionally at shocking black-market prices.

    A Covert Affair

  • Meilir Rhys Williams captures Dennis's anguished flightiness and Oedipal instincts: he extravagantly dances Kirsten Clark as his mum round the living room and allows himself to be lovingly cradled in her lap.

    Over Gardens Out - review

  • There's little of the flightiness of Pontormo, where everything aspires to the condition of a flag, flame or cloud.

    Bronzino's Medici portraits – review

  • "There is a speculative flightiness about her in that film; especially in the breakdown scene in a shower cubicle, she seemed for the first time a human animal touched to the quick."

    Susannah York, 72, Oscar nominee for role in 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?'

  • Good work too from Pip Carter who plays the accident-prone Yepihodov as a tortured, lovesick soul, from Emily Taaffe who shows both the flightiness and heartbreak of the maid Dunyasha, and from Kenneth Cranham who pins down the sad senility of the neglected servant, Firs.

    The Cherry Orchard - review

  • The early two-point conversion attempt with more than 11 minutes to go, the decision not to punt trailing by just three points with two timeouts and the two-minute warning conversion in your pocket, and oh yeah, the decision to bench your starting quarterback on the game's most important drive in favor of a dude renowned for flightiness ... that was all weird.

    Redskins-Lions, Best and Worst

  • In many ways, this is an improvement: much of my arrogance has been blunted, my naievity informed, my rigidness relaxed, my flightiness settled.

    Hello, Goodbye | Her Bad Mother

  • The show doesn't reap big laughs, but – productively combining flightiness and substance – Conaty may soon do so.

    Roisin Conaty

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