Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • noun The property of being skittish.

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  • noun characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright

Etymologies

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skittish +‎ -ness

Examples

  • It's unclear whether Bishop has a longstanding history of not JUST SAYING IT: YOU WILL FAIL, or if his skittishness is a recent phenomenon having something to do with the bank down the road

    Dealbreaker

  • It's unclear whether Bishop has a longstanding history of not JUST SAYING IT: YOU WILL FAIL, or if his skittishness is a recent phenomenon having something to do with the bank down the road

    Dealbreaker

  • It's unclear whether Bishop has a longstanding history of not JUST SAYING IT: YOU WILL FAIL, or if his skittishness is a recent phenomenon having something to do with the bank down the road

    Dealbreaker

  • It keeps coming back there and you wonder what is going on because nothing very damaging has happened in the US landscape to warrant this kind of skittishness, but the mother of all market appears quite nervous.

    Moneycontrol Top Headlines

  • Uncertainty of the Eurozone's future as a currency union terrifies investors - as evidenced by their skittishness about continuing to prop up Italy and other heavily indebted countries.

    Shadi Bushra: The Eurozone: Nation-States With Benefits

  • Economic uncertainty and donor skittishness have combined to threaten the future of the Global Fund.

    Nancy Mahon: Ten Years of The Global Fund: a Crossroads and a Choice

  • But some of the latest skittishness has to do with Spain itself.

    Spain Woos Wary Investors

  • Economic uncertainty and donor skittishness have combined to threaten the future of the Global Fund.

    Nancy Mahon: Ten Years of The Global Fund: a Crossroads and a Choice

  • Milan's stock exchange is suffering from increased skittishness about new listings.

    Moncler Defers IPO as Eurazeo Takes Stake

  • More European debt worries mixed with skittishness over the growth of the U.S. economy to push down stocks Tuesday, though benchmark indexes pared earlier losses as the session progressed.

    Rising Volatility Prompts Recalibration of Hedges

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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