adjective, flight·i·er, flight·i·est.

given to flights of fancy; capricious; frivolous.
slightly delirious; light-headed; mildly crazy.
irresponsible: He said I was too flighty to be a good supervisor.
Archaic. swift or fleet.

Origin of flighty

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

Synonyms for flighty

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Examples from the Web for flighty

Contemporary Examples of flighty

Historical Examples of flighty

  • 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


adjective flightier or flightiest

frivolous and irresponsible; capricious; volatile
mentally erratic, unstable, or wandering
flirtatious; coquettish
Derived Formsflightily, adverbflightiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flighty

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

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