flighty vs scatterbrained what difference

what is difference between flighty and scatterbrained

English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈflaɪti/

Adjective

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
      “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.

Translations



English

Etymology

scatter +‎ brained

Adjective

scatterbrained (comparative more scatterbrained, superlative most scatterbrained)

  1. Having the qualities of a scatterbrain: absent-minded, forgetful, easily distracted.

Related terms

  • go haywire

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