flighty

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Etymology[edit]

From flight +‎ -y. Compare Dutch vluchtig (volatile; fleeting; cursory), German flüchtig (volatile; fleeting; momentary; quick), Danish flygtig (elusive; evasive), Swedish flyktig.

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Adjective[edit]

flighty (comparative flightier, superlative flightiest)

  1. (obsolete) swift
  2. Given to unplanned and silly ideas or actions.
  3. (of a bird) That flies easily, or a lot.
    • 2013, Diego Gil, ‎Henrik Brumm, Avian Urban Ecology
      "We know that flighty birds suffer from greater risk of raptor predation, and I assume that it is useful to understand the effects of urbanization because flighty species may be more vulnerable to anthropogenic disturbance."

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