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[flahy-tee] /ˈflaɪ ti/
adjective, flightier, flightiest.
given to flights of fancy; capricious; frivolous.
slightly delirious; light-headed; mildly crazy.
He said I was too flighty to be a good supervisor.
Archaic. swift or fleet.
Origin of flighty
1545-55; flight1 + -y1
Related forms
flightily, adverb
flightiness, noun
unflighty, adjective
1. mercurial, undependable, irresponsible. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for flighty


adjective flightier, flightiest
frivolous and irresponsible; capricious; volatile
mentally erratic, unstable, or wandering
flirtatious; coquettish
Derived Forms
flightily, adverb
flightiness, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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