Definitions

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  • adj. Easily startled; skittish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Easily startled; apt to start; startish; skittish; -- said especially of a horse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Apt to start; skittish.

Etymologies

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startle +‎ -ish

Examples

  • Tired with their unexpected task of having to tug at another and a stuck-fast diligence, -- made startlish with having to stand in the rain and chill night air, in the open road, while the debates were going on as to the best method of attaching them to the sunken vehicle, -- when once put back into their own traces, they took to rearing and kicking instead of proceeding.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866

  • He stirred up in a kind of a startlish way; but when he see it was only me he took a good gap and stretch, and then he says:

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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