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Origin of skittish
OTHER WORDS FROM skittishskit·tish·ly, adverbskit·tish·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for skittish
Americans are rightly skittish about supporting violence, even in response to violent authoritarian attacks.
If you have skittish pets, know that they’ll probably be grateful, too.Make your own New Year’s ball, and 4 other family party ideas|Purbita Saha|December 31, 2020|Popular Science
Even those who are not public company CEOs are skittish about becoming partisan combatants.Why the very richest Americans are refusing to take sides in the presidential race|Theodore Schleifer|September 30, 2020|Vox
Allaire, though, says the letter will provide assurance to other banks—some of whom remain skittish about cryptocurrency ventures.Feds’ ‘stablecoin’ letter may boost crypto ambitions of Facebook, Square|Jeff|September 22, 2020|Fortune
Eric Johnson, Condé Nast svp of commercial marketing and events, said advertisers were “skittish” to buy into virtual events at first due to the uncertainty of what returns they might get from their already slashed marketing budgets.
The crowd is an assortment of reporters, posse members, film students, and very skittish men sporting huge AOL headphones.James and the Giant Internet Company: Franco and AOL Get Kissy Faces|Amy Zimmerman|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And not surprisingly, firms also are notoriously skittish about revealing their diversity data.Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes|Joel Kotkin|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They sense you tensing up at peculiar moments, acting skittish, laughing a little too hard, over-feigning outrage or surprise.
The American Jewish establishment seems a lot more skittish about the idea.
It should be no surprise that the unionless, privacy-skittish social network is itself a communitarian totem.
He was a skittish horse, gentle, as Andy explained, but "pow'ful nervous—had to be sort o' coaxed along."The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope
"They're a skittish lot, the Orleans; they might take it in their heads to fight," suggested Muroc, with a little grin.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete|Gilbert Parker
But they had men in their ranks, high-tempered men who, like so many skittish colts, wouldn't stand without hitching.The Escape of Mr. Trimm|Irvin S. Cobb
Pablito pursued his way in a serious mood, also busy with his skittish quadruped.The Fourth Estate, vol. 2|Armando Palacio Valds
It'll take some skittish steerin', fur ef the old raft jest teches the rocks she'll go all to slivers.'Earth's Enigmas|Charles G. D. Roberts