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squirrely

or squirrelly

[skwur-uh-lee, skwuhr- or, esp. British, skwir-] /ˈskwɜr ə li, ˈskwʌr- or, esp. British, ˈskwɪr-/
adjective, Slang.
1.
eccentric; flighty.
Origin of squirrely
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35; squirrel + -y1
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  • "Tell you why," said Joey Mills, watching Ben with squirrely courage and making sure no one else could hear.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
Word Origin and History for squirrely
adj.

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

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