Skittish – Relating to an Animal: Easily Scared. Relating to a human: playful, not serious; unpredictable
To remember the definition of the word skittish, use the following mnemonic:
Most people would skip the dish (skittish) but the boy played with the soup and the animals ran off scared.
Examples of skittish in a sentence
The skittish horse stood on his hind legs when the mouse rushed by him. He was so easily scared.
She was known as quite a skittish person because she could not talk seriously about anything.
Some dogs are skittish and don't particularly care for their paws being handled.