Flighty Flight"y, a. 1. Fleeting; swift; transient. [1913 Webster]

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook, Unless the deed go with it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Proofs of my flighty and paradoxical turn of mind. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

A harsh disciplinarian and a flighty enthusiast. --J. S. Harford. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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