or squir·rel·ly

[skwur-uh-lee, skwuhr- or, esp. British, skwir-]

adjective Slang.

eccentric; flighty.

Origin of squirrely

First recorded in 1930–35; squirrel + -y1
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Examples from the Web for squirrely

Historical Examples of squirrely

  • "Tell you why," said Joey Mills, watching Ben with squirrely courage and making sure no one else could hear.

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

Word Origin and History for squirrely

1925, from squirrel (n.) + -y (2). Related: Squirreliness.

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