flighty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flighty unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)
    • adj flighty guided by whim and fancy "flighty young girls"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flighty Fleeting; swift; transient. "The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
      Unless the deed go with it."
    • Flighty Indulging in flights, or wild and unrestrained sallies, of imagination, humor, caprice, etc.; given to disordered fancies and extravagant conduct; volatile; giddy; eccentric; slighty delirious. "Proofs of my flighty and paradoxical turn of mind.""A harsh disciplinarian and a flighty enthusiast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flighty Indulging in flights or sallies of imagination, humor, caprice, etc.; given to disordered fancies and extravagant conduct; volatile; giddy; fickle; capricious; slightly delirious; wandering in mind.
    • flighty Fleeting; swift; transient.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flighty fanciful: changeable: giddy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. flyhtfléogan.

Usage

In literature:

This flighty damsel has one lover after another, although she really loves Marcel alone.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
She's flighty, you can see that.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
She was all sighs and flightiness.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
One was self-confident, flighty, generous; the other prudent, thoughtful, and thrifty.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
She is sweetly pretty, though they say rather a flirt, and flighty in her ways.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
Such persons are frequently more or less erratic, and are considered as "flighty" by their friends.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
If John has chosen to wed a flighty beauty, he should at least give Rose to me.
"Princess Polly At Play" by Amy Brooks
She wasn't a flighty woman.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
He makes many grave charges against Lancaster, whom he regarded as hopelessly flighty and impracticable, if not worse.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
In short they went into the war with the same superficial flightiness formerly employed in the social realms.
"The Search" by Grace Livingston Hill
Consequently, they thought her a bit flighty, an' needin' o' some restriction.
"Nancy McVeigh of the Monk Road" by R. Henry Mainer
Lily, at this time, was a curious mixture of romance and religion, of flightiness and faith.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
His talk was rambling and flighty.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
They lives in the deserts so much they gets kind of wild and flighty, ma'am.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
What, caught, my flighty friend, love-lim'd at last?
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
We girls don't want to be flighty, and have 'mads on,' as Frank says, for no real reason.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Her foreign policy was flighty to the verge of foolishness.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Humayun was flighty, versatile, and unpractical; as a general of but small account.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
Three irreverent sisters: importunity, frivolity, flightiness.
"The Triads of Ireland" by Kuno Meyer
In the morning she had a violent fever, and seemed to be very flighty.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

"Je know! I know!" he wept, contrite;
"The bards no more suis mighty:
Ils rise no more in eleve flight,
Though some are beaucoup flighty.
"New England Magazine" by Ellis Parker Butler
Her gems were sold, her sandals gone,--
She always would be rash and flighty,--
Her winter garments all in pawn,
Alas for charming Aphrodite.
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh, yes, my lyric flight is flighty;
My muse is much more mite than mighty:
But poetry has been my friend,
And rhyming's saved me in the end.
"Rhyme-Smith" by Robert W Service

In news:

Kelly is a flighty chatterbox, all high-pitched bubblegum vacuity.
Next story in Tomorrow's Wright Brothers Airlines' flighty finances.
Common question draws flighty answers at best, what with so many fine candidates around us.
Red Monkey's menu a bit flighty .
A flighty co-worker, and a bad joke.
As mercurial and flighty as your avian mascot, the Snowy Owl, you speak quickly (sometimes dropping a few too many vowels in the process).
They burn in erratic, flighty and other strange ways, often with little discernible pattern.
A flighty flapper (Bryce Dallas Howard) -- who's out for the night with her hunky escort (Chris Evans) -- freaks when she drops a jeweled earring en route to a party in this 1920s romance set in Memphis.
Her wide-set, hazel eyes are focused, contradicted by flighty arms that say screwball and, sometimes, screw-loose.
Open vistas allow better views of the birds and the species are larger and less flighty than woodland birds .
Michigan is not particularly flighty.
It's a person flighty or disorganized, two adjectives I wouldn't want to pick to describe me, but lately a bit scatterbrained is what I've been.
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