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flighty

[flahy-tee]
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adjective, flight·i·er, flight·i·est.
  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.
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Origin of flighty

First recorded in 1545–55; flight1 + -y1
Related formsflight·i·ly, adverbflight·i·ness, nounun·flight·y, adjective

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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for flighty

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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.

  • “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

adjective flightier or flightiest
  1. frivolous and irresponsible; capricious; volatile
  2. mentally erratic, unstable, or wandering
  3. flirtatious; coquettish
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Derived Formsflightily, adverbflightiness, 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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