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squirrely

or squir·rel·ly

[skwur-uh-lee, skwuhr- or, esp. British, skwir-]
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adjective Slang.
  1. eccentric; flighty.

Origin of squirrely

First recorded in 1930–35; squirrel + -y1
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Examples from the Web for squirrelly

Historical Examples

  • I guess I did because I was—they told me I was squirrelly in the hospital.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


Word Origin and History for squirrelly

squirrely

adj.

1925, from squirrel (n.) + -y (2). Related: Squirreliness.

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