Definitions

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  • n. The property of being skittish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being skittish, in any sense of that word.

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

  • n. characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright

Etymologies

skittish +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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  • Salon: 'What makes lolcats different from the cat porn of the past -- the motivational posters of the '70s and '80s featuring furry kittens hanging from tree limbs, covered in toilet paper or in some other kind of adorable predicament -- is that lolcats aren't trying to be cute. In the cat-based imagery of ages past, cats retain their iconic traits: curiosity, skittishness, the tendency to curl up in a ball and just lie there.'

    November 16, 2008