If ever he's brattish, And brutish and skittish, He's Scottish.
Three leaned bullish, three stood bearish—and all six were skittish.
Banks were just too skittish to loan out their new reserves.
Without the support of Republicans who ran on no-new-taxes pledges, Boehner would have to woo Democrats skittish of Medicare cuts.
The source said Leisha Pickering has become “skittish” about airing her grievances outside the courtroom.
My maid is to be a model of discretion—an elderly woman, not a skittish young person who will only encourage me.
"There's only about a dozen guests there now, so you needn't get skittish," says he.
A skittish horse is often frightened by a loose skirt flapping at his side.
Of course it's silly for a girl who's nearly nineteen to be as skittish as I am.
Last spring, when the judge made this offer, he was as skittish and unreliable as a young colt.
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.