from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Quick to change one’s opinion or allegiance; insincere; not loyal or reliable.
- v. To deceive; flatter.
- v. To puzzle; perplex; nonplus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind; not firm in opinion or purpose; inconstant; capricious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disposed or acting so as to deceive; deceitful; treacherous; false in intent.
- Inconstant; unstable; likely to change from caprice, irresolution, or instability: rarely applied to things except in poetry or by personification.
- Perilous; ticklish.
- Synonyms Variable, mutable, changeable, unsteady, unsettled, vacillating, fitful, volatile.
- To deceive; flatter.
- To puzzle; perplex; nonplus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. liable to sudden unpredictable change
- adj. marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments
Middle English fikel, from Old English ficol, deceitful.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fikil, fikil, from Old English ficol ("fickle, cunning, tricky , deceitful"), equivalent to fike + -le. More at fike. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English fikelen, from fikel ("fickle"); see above. Cognate with Low German fikkelen ("to deceive, flatter"), German ficklen, ficheln ("to deceive, flatter"). (Wiktionary)