Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to capricious or unstable behavior.
  • adj. Characterized by irresponsible or silly behavior.
  • adj. Easily excited; skittish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Given to unplanned and silly ideas or actions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fleeting; swift; transient.
  • adj. Indulging in flights, or wild and unrestrained sallies, of imagination, humor, caprice, etc.; given to disordered fancies and extravagant conduct; volatile; giddy; eccentric; slighty delirious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Indulging in flights or sallies of imagination, humor, caprice, etc.; given to disordered fancies and extravagant conduct; volatile; giddy; fickle; capricious; slightly delirious; wandering in mind.
  • Fleeting; swift; transient.

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

  • adj. guided by whim and fancy
  • adj. unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

Etymologies

flight +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • America's obsession with the superficial and the flighty is a reflection of its excessive preoccupation with entertainment and glamour.

    America The Stupid

  • Thus the readers meet the heroine, immediately after the call her flighty best friend and soon afterward the vampire-author.

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  • When your faculty of awareness is flighty – in other words, when your mind gets distracted to many things – direct your way of gazing and faculty of imagination at the black drop.

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  • Who can forget the 16yr old girl hanged for being a bit 'flighty'?

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  • Marion is kind of flighty and Jack is very uncomfortable in his skin and in Europe, and descends quickly into a pathetic typical American tourist taking way too many pictures and wanting everything to be exactly as it is at home.

    Melissa Silverstein: 2 Days In Paris

  • Take the end of scene 1: the ingenue a mezzo rather than a soprano; in Slavic operas it was common for the "flighty" character to have a heavier voice than the "serious" character tells off the heroine's drunken, mother-fixated husband, then soliloquizes about her own sympathy for the heroine, but can't shake the feeling that it's not any of her business.

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  • She was personality-wise kind of flighty and bubbly and was always cooking in some way.

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  • Adults are wild, generally intractable, and "flighty," but young animals (at least of the Asian species) tame readily and make good pets.

    26 Mouse Deer

  • She's been in a ragin 'fever an' kind of flighty most of the time.

    Apples, Ripe and Rosy, Sir

  • Isabel had been made acquainted with the estimate which prevailed under this roof; it represented Mr. Osmond’s sister as a kind of flighty reprobate.

    Chapter XXVI

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