squirrelly

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Etymology[edit]

squirrel +‎ -ly, 1925.[1] Presumably from erratic movement of squirrels, or by analogy with nuts (insane).

Adjective[edit]

squirrelly (comparative squirrellier or more squirrelly, superlative squirrelliest or most squirrelly)

  1. resembling a squirrel
  2. unpredictable or jumpy
  3. eccentric
    "He is acting squirrelly."

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References[edit]

  1. ^ squirrelly” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • OED 2nd edition 1989