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[ flahy-tee ]


, flight·i·er, flight·i·est.
  1. given to flights flight of fancy; capricious; frivolous.

    Synonyms: undependable, irresponsible, mercurial

  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.


/ ˈflaɪtɪ /


  1. frivolous and irresponsible; capricious; volatile
  2. mentally erratic, unstable, or wandering
  3. flirtatious; coquettish

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Derived Forms

  • ˈflightiness, noun
  • ˈflightily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • flighti·ly adverb
  • flighti·ness noun
  • un·flighty adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of flighty1

First recorded in 1545–55; flight 1 + -y 1

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Example Sentences

There have been any number of similar statements in recent years, claims that some people are simply too uninformed or flighty to be allowed to cast a ballot.

Like many modern skis loaded with technology, it’s stable as hell when the sidecut is engaged but can get a little flighty when you run it straight.

Fitness clubs have long relied on long-term membership agreements to prevent flighty customers from abandoning their New Year’s resolutions without a financial penalty.

From Fortune

During the last presidential debate, Neves went so far to refer to Rousseff as “flighty.”

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Evan Rachel Wood stars as a flighty barista in ‘A Case of You,’ premiering at Tribeca.

News and documentary production requires minute-by-minute decision-making—flighty ditherers need not apply.

She grew up an orphan in Japanese internment camps and has a flighty streak.

I never looked upon Hephzibah Wallis as flighty; in fact, she was undoubtedly the steadiest of all my girls.

Weve got to live somehow, and if you get a good job stick to it, say Inone of your highty flighty notions.

She is sweetly pretty, though they say rather a flirt, and flighty in her ways.

She was flighty and frivolous, evasive and obstinate, fond of pleasures not always innocent.

He did write to Mr. Wharton, but in doing so he altogether laid aside that flighty manner which for a while had annoyed her.


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