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


  • IPA(key): /ˈflaɪti/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪti


flighty (comparative flightier, superlative flightiest)

  1. Given to unplanned and silly ideas or actions.
  2. (of a bird) That flies easily or often.
    • 2013, Diego Gil, Henrik Brumm, Avian Urban Ecology[1]:
      "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."
  3. (obsolete) Swift.
    • 1962 July, Cecil J. Allen, “Locomotive Running Past and Present”, in Modern Railways, page 44:
      Permanent way and other checks then somewhat slowed down this flighty progress.