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flighty

[flahy-tee] /ˈflaɪ ti/
adjective, flightier, flightiest.
1.
given to flights of fancy; capricious; frivolous.
2.
slightly delirious; light-headed; mildly crazy.
3.
irresponsible:
He said I was too flighty to be a good supervisor.
4.
Archaic. swift or fleet.
Origin of flighty
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; flight1 + -y1
Related forms
flightily, adverb
flightiness, noun
unflighty, adjective
Synonyms
1. mercurial, undependable, irresponsible.
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  • A most flighty beast he was—nerves all gone—I dare say a hopeless neurasthenic.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Ethel is a vain, flighty woman," Marlow said, in reply to his wife's remark.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • You're growing old and forgetful, so don't get foolish and flighty.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • “You are a dear, ignorant, flighty young gentleman,” she said.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • He found her remarkably bright and sensible and not at all "flighty."

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for flighty

flighty

/ˈflaɪtɪ/
adjective flightier, flightiest
1.
frivolous and irresponsible; capricious; volatile
2.
mentally erratic, unstable, or wandering
3.
flirtatious; coquettish
Derived Forms
flightily, adverb
flightiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flighty
adj.

1550s, "swift," later (1768) "fickle or frivolous," originally of skittish horses; from flight (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Flightiness.

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