Origin of skittish
Examples from the Web for skittish
In the Senate, Republicans are skittish about border security (among other issues, but mainly border security).
Banks were just too skittish to loan out their new reserves.
VIRGO As skittish as you can be, you tap into a new confidence and ease now.
Without the support of Republicans who ran on no-new-taxes pledges, Boehner would have to woo Democrats skittish of Medicare cuts.
If ever he's brattish, And brutish and skittish, He's Scottish.
Did not even the spotted and skittish horses which drew the chariot repeatedly turn round to gaze upon his vermilioned features?The Black Poodle|F. Anstey
He was crying terribly, and I supposed the lambs were skittish and would not be guided.
After the slow dignified drives I am taking almost every day, I wonder how her skittish, affected ways will seem to me!Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888|Frances M.A. Roe
"Skittish devil," remarked the landlord, as the colt quivered under the hand he laid upon him.A Modern Instance|William Dean Howells
Edna would get fat and rosy, and you and Mrs Freer would be quite young and skittish by the time you got home!Sisters Three|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Word Origin for skittish
early 15c., "very lively, frivolous," perhaps from Scandinavian base *skyt- (stem of Old Norse skjota "to shoot, launch, move quickly"), from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project" (see shoot (v.)). Sense of "shy, nervous, apt to run" first recorded c.1500, of horses. Related: Skittishly; skittishness.