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flighty

[ flahy-tee ]
/ ˈflaɪ ti /
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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.

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Origin of flighty

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

/ (ˈflaɪtɪ) /

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

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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